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Mental Health Resources Available for Families Over the Summer

After more than a year of increased stress and isolation due to the pandemic, many children, adolescents and young adults are struggling. As summer approaches, parents may be interested in accessing the following support programs to help navigate these challenging times.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital and the Peekskill and Ossining school districts recently co-hosted an event with psychologists from NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center to help parents and educators deal with the impact of the pandemic on the well-being of our children. The talk highlighted how to identify issues, and provided strategies to support children as the pandemic has transformed the learning environment. To view the recorded program, click here.

Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants (CBC) is offering a variety of virtual summer programs to help young children, tweens, teens, young adults and their families learn skills to manage emotions such as anxiety, depression and anger, and cope effectively.

Two FREE parenting workshops. Toddlers and young children with behavioral and emotional difficulties may have symptoms that developed or worsened during the pandemic, leading to discipline challenges for parents who are already stretched thin caring for their children while working from home. These workshops will teach parents skills to cope with these challenges to help their families thrive.

Who: Parents of toddlers (ages 1-3) and young children (ages 3-8)

When: June 22 (toddler workshop) and July 20 (young children workshop) from 6:30-8 p.m.

Back-to-school Bravery Bootcamp. As the summer comes to a close, children may be struggling with a variety of fears, including the return to school. This week-long program offers intensive, exposure-based therapy to children with a variety of anxiety and related disorders to help them manage anxiety and cope. There will also be two pre-recorded sessions before the camp, and two live sessions during the camp for parents to discuss their concerns and gain support.

Who: Tweens (ages 8-12) and their parents

When: Aug. 23-27

OCD 4-day Intensive for adolescents. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) traps people of all ages and walks of life in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Research shows that intensive CBT leads to rapid gains over a short period of time. In this exposure-based CBT program, adolescents who are struggling with OCD learn to face their fears, get back on track and adjust to returning to school. It meets in both group and individual formats and is recommended as a booster in addition to ongoing individual treatment. Parents will also meet before the program starts and on the last day.

Who: Adolescents (ages 12-18) and their parents When: Aug. 23-26
 
Social anxiety groups for adolescents and young adults. Designed to help boost comfort, confidence and competence, and reduce anxiety in social and public situations, this program teaches CBT strategies in a group setting. Participants will gain a better understanding of social anxiety, challenge the worry they experience in social situations, enhance conversational and assertiveness skills and practice these skills using real-life activities.
 
Who: Adolescents (ages 13-18) and young adults (ages 18-26). Each age group meets separately.
When: Tuesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. for 10 weekly sessions, starting June 15

SAGE Summer Community. A less-intense extension of our broader SAGE program, this summer program helps young adults who are seeking ways to manage powerful emotions but are not struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm. Participants are generally able to attend school, jobs and group or social events without external support, and don’t need to be in individual therapy to participate in this program.

Who: Young adults (ages 18-30)

When: Each session meets for six weekly sessions in the mornings

  • June 14 - July 2
  • July 5 - Aug.12
  • July 26 - Sept. 2

NY PROJECT HOPE

Additionally, the Westchester Library System is a proud provider of NY Project Hope.

Through its emotional support helpline, educational materials, and referrals to resources in the community, NY Project Hope helps people manage and cope with changes brought on by COVID-19, including the transition to "a new normal", as more places reopen. Project Hope has both English and Spanish-speaking counselors. Click here to learn more:

https://conversations.westchesterlibraries.org/ny-project-hope/