In an Intelligencer article posted today, parents of local Central Bucks teens gathered for a 90 minute presentation on how to help teens deal with depression. Among the topics of the presentation were social media pressures and the statistic that “In Central Bucks, about 30 percent of teens report feeling sad or depressed and 16 percent feel they’re failures.” This is significant and speaks about our local youth. Also mentioned was the importance of each teen having an “objective adult” to talk to.
At the Tabor Mentoring Program, many of our mentees do not have an adult support that they can talk to. With the introduction of a mentor into their lives, the response to the question: “Who are your adult supports?” may change over time. One of the objectives of the Tabor Mentoring Program, and, moreover, Tabor’s Adolescent Initiative Program (AIP) is to establish permanent connections for our youth. Mentors often fill that void!
With this article shedding light on 30% of teens in Central Bucks feeling depressed or sad, it’s so important that we provide opportunities for youth to connect with and talk to potential supports.
Read the article by clicking the link above. Photo taken from the linked Intelligencer Article, taken by Art Gentile.