Promoting Mental Well-being in Youth and Adults in Hennepin County
Change to Chill (CTC), is partnering with Hennepin County Public Health to provide culturally specific mental health resources to youth most impacted by COVID-19. The partnership is supported by Hennepin County CARES Act funding to improve mental well-being and resiliency among youth throughout Hennepin County. The partnership will build from existing efforts within Change to Chill to offer more culturally responsive material to youth populations facing the greatest health disparities due to a variety of contributing factors.
COVID-19 has caused fear, anxiety, uncertainty and stress in populations across the United States and it continues to impact the mental health and well-being of students, families and staff throughout our region. COVID-19 has also disproportionately impacted Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latinx and LGTBQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Genderqueer, Intersexed, Agender, Asexual and Ally community) populations, further highlighting systemic inequities and racism that exists within healthcare. These populations are already vulnerable with LGBTQIA+ youth reporting significantly higher rates of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts than their cisgender, heterosexual counterparts along with well-documented mental health disparities among populations of color.
Through December 2020, Change to Chill will work with community representatives and mental health providers within Allina Health and from partner organizations to offer free, virtual mental well-being sessions for youth, school staff and teachers throughout Hennepin County. By translating existing tools, creating new content and holding virtual sessions with diverse audiences, Change to Chill aims to provide a healing space for students and their parents while also acknowledging the unique needs of different populations.
How to Get Involved
- All Sessions English
- All Sessions Spanish
- Parent/Caregiver Sessions English
- Parent/Caregiver Sessions Spanish
- Teen Sessions English
- All Sessions One-Pager
The 60-minute virtual sessions will cover general topics like identifying stressors, coping with change, grief and anxiety, with a particular focus on issues impacting youth mental health specific to each identified community. Contract community consultants from the respective populations will lead these sessions, sharing resources and offering support to students and parents alike. Participants will learn different strategies for having conversations with teens and adults about mental health as well as coping techniques to better manage stress and other changes brought about by and exacerbated by COVID-19. Although facilitators will be utilizing adapted Change to Chill resources, these sessions are designed by the community for the community and each session will be unique.
To ensure these sessions are a safe space for sharing and discussing unique needs, we ask that only those who identify with the intended audiences register for the respective sessions. Allies of these communities are welcome to attend sessions created for “all" attendees. ALL sessions are free but registration is required.
Sessions for Parents & Caregivers:
- Tuesday, December 1, 7PM CST via Zoom.
Intended audience: parents, caregivers and guardians of Indigenous teens in Hennepin County. Register here.
- Tuesday, December 8, 7PM CST via Zoom.
Intended audience: parents, caregivers and guardians of Black/African American teens in Hennepin County. Register here.
Sessions for Teens (age: 13 – 19 years):
- Thursday, December 3, 7PM CST via Zoom.
Intended audience: Indigenous teens in Hennepin County. Register here.
- Monday, December 7, 7PM CST via Zoom.
Intended audience: LGBTQIA+ teens in Hennepin County. Register here.
- Thursday, December 10, 7PM CST via Zoom.
Intended audience: Black/African American teens in Hennepin County. Register here.
Past Session Resources
Session for School Staff:
Sessions for Parents & Caregivers:
- Slides and Resources from All Parents & Caregivers Session
- Resources from Latinx Parents & Caregivers Session
Sessions for Teens:
Please send any additional questions to [email protected].