MINNEAPOLIS (April 22, 2019) — The 2018-2019 Change to Chill™ (CTC) School Partnership, which worked with nine area high schools, is coming to an end and a second cohort of schools has been selected.
Allina Health, through its CTC program, is helping teens manage stress and improve their mental well-being. CTC helps teens identify what is causing them stress and gives them tools and resources to care for their mental well-being and build resiliency. The program offers three key components: free, online mental well-being resources, community train-the-trainer sessions, and the CTC School Partnership. Reaching more than 100,000 teens, CTC is helping teens learn how to stress less and be well.
River Falls High School is one of nine area high schools chosen to be part of Allina’s new “Change to Chill” school partnership.
The Change to Chill partnership is meant to support school-wide efforts to create a culture of mental wellbeing for students and staff.
“When teens have the resources and support to stress less, they are more resilient and able to live fuller and happier lives,” said Susan Nygaard, manager of Allina Health’s Community Health Improvement. “Change to Chill works as a preventive measure to equip teens with tools and resources to better manage stress and anxiety.”
“RFHS was lucky to receive a grant for ‘Change To Chill’ which partners with Allina Health,” said River Falls Renaissance Academy Director Taryl Graetz. “In our Youth Risk Behavior Survey students participated in last spring, students indicated some concern about increased anxiety and stress.”
High school can be a stress minefield. From sports, homework and activities… to the ever-present cellphones and social media, it’s not a huge shock that teens are stressed.
“Unfortunately, it is a growing problem,” says Susan Nygaard, a Community Health Improvement Manager with Allina Health.
Nygaard says Allina Health conducts community health assessments that consistently find stress as a top health concern for teens and their families. A few years ago, the company launched a website and created the Change to Chill campaign aimed at tackling the growing mental health crisis. For the 2018-2019 school year, Allina is partnering with nine select schools – including Coon Rapids High School – to turn the tide.
Through a partnership between Allina Health and the Cambridge-Isanti School District, the high school will benefit from the Allina Health’s Change to Chill program for the 2018-2019 school year. Read more here.
Hopkins High School is one of nine high schools, and the only high school in Hennepin County, to be awarded the Change to Chill School Partnership. To learn more about Hopkins’ involvement in Change to Chill and teen mental well-being, read the article.