As the adage goes, “it takes a village” to raise a good human. While parents, guardians, and school communities significantly impact a child’s well-being, additional resources can also be pivotal in creating good mental health for young people. This article will explore the benefits of youth mentoring programs in the mental health space, including The Greater Maryland Youth Therapeutic Mentor Program offered here at Advanced Behavioral Health.
By design, many youth mentoring programs assist with a child’s daily functioning. For example, our services at Advanced Behavioral Health include the following:
- Personalized assessment plans.
- Group activities.
- Personal and family intervention.
- Parent skills instruction.
- Treatment planning.
- Educational and vocational skills.
Our program provides services based on desired goals and identified behavior problems. From anger management, healthy peer relationships, self-esteem, enhanced school performance, and taking personal ownership, when necessary, there are tools and resources to assist with the many mental health challenges affecting young people today.
Since Covid, young people have seen a rise in mental health challenges. From social struggles to suffering from mental health illness, young people need help now more than ever before.
Benefits of Youth Mentoring Programs in the Mental Health Space
Individualized attention. Most mentorship programs are between one mentor and one mentee and therefore offer the mentee personal attention to work through their specific challenges. In a classroom or family setting, kids can sometimes get lost in the shuffle of their peers and siblings. Mentorship programs allow one person to focus solely on one child at a time.
Helping the child feel seen. Introducing a child to a mentor can often be the first time they feel genuinely seen and validated for their experiences. Struggling with mental health can feel incredibly lonely and debilitating, especially as a child, so pairing someone with a mentor can help them feel supported in their journey.
Offering tangible tools. One of the best things about mentorship programs is that the mentee receives concrete tools to help with their issues. Mentorship programs go past the art of listening and towards the art of implementing changes that lead to personal growth for the child.
Reminding children, they are not alone. Because the child knows they are not the only person in the mentorship program, they can understand that many children their age also struggle with mental health issues and that doing so is entirely normal. It helps them avoid feeling separated from their community.
Teaching children to seek out help. By showing up to a mentoring program, a child learns that there are resources to help them throughout their life and that there is nothing wrong with asking for help during challenging times. This assurance sets the stage for the rest of their lives to feel comfortable when reaching out for guidance, whether to a mentor, doctor, therapist, or friend.
The Greater Maryland Youth Therapeutic Mentor Program
Advanced Behavioral Health offers The Greater Maryland Youth Therapeutic Mentor Program for children ages 5-18. First, one of our Therapeutic Mentors (TM’s) will meet with their assigned mentee, assess their individual needs, and develop a customized service plan to identify their short and long-term goals in collaboration with the parent, guardian, or therapist.
Our mission is to empower youth to develop and enhance life skills and to assist in making positive, successful decisions that impact the youth’s home, school, health, and community life. Our services include individualized assessment plans, group activities, individual and family intervention, parent skills training, treatment planning, and educational and vocational skills.
Contact Us Today
At Advanced Behavioral Health, we care about your mental health and general well-being, so we encourage you to reach out to us to learn more about our programming. Visit our website here or call us at 301-345-1022.