May 7, 2020 – Mental Health for Youth, Families & Mentors

What people are doing to support Youth & Families?

  • Care Packages: food, rental assistance, gift cards
  • Surveys to assess for student/family needs
    • Hearing that families need: mental health resources, help running errands, masks, funding, etc.
  • Offering and/or coordinating mental health services
  • Individual and group check ins with mentees 
  • Individual check-ins with families
  • Some youth are expressing “check-in fatigue”; looking to find creative new ways to check in like providing video office hours
  • Students leading teen mental health webinars

What are people doing to support mentors?

  • Phone call check ins – Mentors are tired of video calls. Phones are harder to ignore
  • Being really persistent in outreach attempts with mentors
  • Checking in on Mentors’ well-being and their bandwidth to be mentors – not taking it personally if/when mentors are limited in their ability to continue mentoring right now
  • Sending care packages to mentors (and then giving them a budget to also send a care package to their youth(s)/family(families). 
  • Virtual Training Offerings
  • Offering resources on equipping mentors to support youth and families with their needs
  • Incentivizing mentor (and match) participation in engagement activities
  • Encouraging mentors to be involved in telling some feel good stories with the agency about their journey with their mentee.
  • Continuing with quarterly mental health forums for mentors (they were doing this before the crisis and continuing it now)
  • Creating lunch chats via virtual for mentors to check in

Tips & Advice from Angela Quinn (Guest Speaker – Crisis Clinician – Jefferson Center for Mental Health)

  • Recording of Angela – LINK
  • Talk with parenting adults about the importance of continuing to be in the mentoring relationship – ask for their support. Ask them for their observations of their child’s well-being
  • Track youths’ mood, sleep, eating
  • Offer yourself as a listening ear
  • Use headphones, encourage clients to go for a walk while on the phone during mentoring sessions and/or counseling sessions

Still in Search of:

  • Translation Services!!
  • Resources for engaging/supporting students with racial injustice, particularly with the recent, traumatic news.
    • Resource coming soon from Keelin McGill at I Have a Dream Boulder

Resources Discussed and Shared:

  • Colorado Crisis Line: 
  • Article: How to Build a “Psychological First Aid Kit”(Source: Outside Magazine) summarizes a lot of what Angela Quinn (Crisis Clinician – Jefferson Center for Mental Health) LINK 
  • Colorado COVID-19 Resources for immigrants and others (in both Spanish/English – Source: Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition) – LINK
  • Resources for undocumented youth and families (Source: Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation) – LINK
  • MENTOR Colorado Free Consulting (Technical Assistance):

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