The Relatives’ Family Update
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I recently heard a discussion on the radio about the growing mental health needs of teenagers and young adults in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. An unprecedented disruption of daily life left many feeling stressed, anxious, and depressed. I was struck by the conversation, because they were talking about teenagers from every walk of life.
I see young people every day at The Relatives who suffer from the long lasting effects of trauma brought on by families who have turned their backs on them, poverty, violence, abuse, or navigating the foster care system.
The majority of youth and young adults served by The Relatives have faced multi-layered and severe trauma in their short lives. At the On Ramp Resource Center, 66% of program participants surveyed had experienced trauma while 59% experienced anxiety and depression. And, like the general population, the pandemic exacerbated challenges they’re already facing, including mental health.
It is difficult for our youth to form healthy relationships or hold down a job when their mental health issues are not addressed. Thankfully, your support of The Relatives helps us to provide group and individual therapy sessions, family counseling, and comprehensive clinical assessments on site.
I am also grateful that The Relatives is part of The LendingTree Foundation’s innovative Lendahand Alliance Cohort which ensures these important mental healthcare initiatives are available in our facilities. Thanks to their commitment to accessible care, our young people don’t have to make another stop to get the care they need.
Mental health is vital to everyone’s well-being. Because of Relatives, like you, youth and young adults in crisis can receive the care they deserve. Thank you for helping remove the barriers our community’s young people face as they seek relief, acceptance, and empowerment.
Thank you for being a Relative.
Steven’s Journey Towards Mental Health:
In Early 2021 a young man named Steven sought refuge at The Relatives On Ramp Resource Center. Steven was fleeing a strict and sheltered home life. He lacked basic life skills and was seeking empowerment.
In order to achieve independence, Steven first had to address his mental health issues. He suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts.
Thanks to your support, Steven has received mental health counseling at The Relatives. Because of therapy, he was able to take his first steps towards independence. Steven rose to the challenge, secured employment and is now a supervisor. This was massive for Steven’s self-confidence.
Steven has worked through many demons, excelled in the workplace, and now has an apartment to call home.
Holiday Giving at The Relatives:
As the holidays approach, there are so many ways you can help make the season bright for the youth and young adults who rely on The Relatives.
Visit our regularly updated Amazon Needs List and Amazon Holiday Wish List to donate much-needed items to youth experiencing crisis.
If you’re interested in adopting the Amazon Wish List of a child staying at our Crisis Center or a young mother and her child settling into their first home, then please contact Volunteer Engagement Officer, Christina Nunez, at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can help.