Turning Point has recently concluded a year-long free program for teenagers entitled Let’s Talk About It. This program was a collaboration with Skokie Public Library, and was generously funded by the Skokie Community Foundation.
Once a month for nine months in 2018, this free drop-in program was held at Skokie Public Library for teenagers in grades 6 – 12. Created as a forum in which teens can ask questions about mental health and learn about resources available in their community, the program featured a panel including a Turning Point therapist and Skokie Public Library staff. Questions could be raised in person or submitted anonymously online before the event.
With an average attendance of 15 teenagers per session, each discussion was lively and interesting for both the teens and the group leaders, covering a wide range of topics and fostering a safe space for honest and open sharing of ideas and experiences. Discussion topics included how to identify depression in ourselves and others, strategies on handling stress, how to ask for help, how our words and actions impact others, different forms of self-medication and self-care, fears versus phobias, what panic attacks feel like, balancing the pros and cons of technology, and many more fascinating topics generated by both leaders and teens.
We have been so pleased to offer this valuable and free program for teens in our area and we are very grateful to Skokie Public Library for its partnership and to the Skokie Community Foundation for its support.