A kid’s inner world has the power to shape everything—their social lives, academics, and their overall mental state. The likelihood that your kid or teenager—or someone you know—may suffer from a mental health challenge one day is high.
In fact, one in five kids suffers from an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is on the rise among kids, and so are depression, self-harm, and so many other mental and emotional health challenges.
But there’s hope: Research shows one of the best predictors of a kid’s success in life is having at least one consistent, supportive, and caring adult in their lives—and that’s you.
This winter, there are two opportunities at CCC for parents to learn practical tools to help their kids navigate mental health challenges.
Sat, Feb 11 (9:00AM)
In this Parenting Workshop, we’ll hear from Will Hutcherson, author of the book SEEN. SEEN was written for parents, youth pastors, small group leaders, mentors, and anyone who works with kids or teens.
In the workshop, you’ll learn more about the psychology of what’s going on in the brain of a child/teen, practical things you can do to help, and how to have hope in the midst of today’s mental health crisis.
What if my child hasn't shown signs of despair or anxiety?
We would still encourage you to attend. Being prepared in advance is incredibly helpful as parents. In addition, many of the principles in the book are about the power of connection, something every child needs.
Is my child too young (or too old) for this to apply to us?
While you probably aren’t thinking about this if you have a 2-year-old, you will still learn strategies you’ll want to use with your child from early on. I (Nick Blevins) first learned some of these principles when our oldest was 4 years old, and I started using them immediately with him and saw the impact.
If your child is older or even an adult, the power of connection taught in the book and workshop will be helpful. We’re never too old to benefit from being seen.
Will Hutcherson is a national speaker, the founder of Curate Hope, and a Next Gen/youth pastor of 15 years. Over the past several years he has become increasingly passionate about finding practical ways to bring hope to kids and teens who are facing increasing amounts of anxiety, depression, and despair.