Research & Program Outcomes
In the past decade, young people have shown a significant increase in depression, anxiety, and self-harm. Although mental health has been an ongoing concern, the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic has impacted young people’s mental health in unprecedented ways. Before the pandemic, self harm and self diagnosis were declining, however Covid quickly increased maladaptive behaviors reaching higher than pre-pandemic prevalence. Psychological problems are reported to have had over a 40% increase including a sense of isolation, loneliness, anxiety and depression. Shockingly, 79% of GenZers report being ‘lonely all the time.” This qualifies current loneliness as an epidemic!
This generation is proven to be one with a craving for interaction, individuality and authenticity! However, fear of judgment and shame quickly override this desire compelling individuals to hide behind a curated mask. Additionally, escalating problematic media use is shown to increase the internalization of the above mental health illnesses. This means consumers are self diagnosing and thus increasing their symptomatology because of the belonging and perceived acceptance it creates online. We are in crisis. The ever evolving consequences of Covid-19 create persistent, deteriorating mental health. Young people are a critical part of our community and need advocacy and mental health resources to build emotional resilience and crisis management skills. When anxiety and depression are the norm, it calls for specific reflection. This worldwide concern is heavily influenced by unhealthy reactions and maladaptive coping to chaotic environments. In a world of polarization, division, school shootings, serious health concerns and online comparison paired with anonymous bullying, we need opportunities for self-reflection and growth.
Our program offers a solution. Through value and core belief exploration away from the influence of problematic media use and expectations, participants will root themselves on a firm foundation and build authentic self- identity.
The goal of experiential learning is to foster the application of skills and concepts in an immersive, real world experience. The journey of learning by doing accelerates knowledge by using critical thinking and problem solving skills where natural connection meets human connection. Through intentional use of adventure, students get a first hand experience to directly apply what is being taught. This practice- based education provides opportunity to explore interpersonal dynamics and increase self-knowledge. When students are engaged in an integrative experience, several long term positive effects emerge including decrease in ADHD, increase in flexible mind-set, growth in positive self-perception, increase in academic success, collaborative skills, and a sense of belonging in a world greater than their own.
Psychoeducation is the process of providing mental health information with the goal of creating more self-awareness, increased internal and external resources and a greater capacity to work toward mental and emotional well being. Emotional regulation is not an innate skill, it must be taught and developed. Through integrative education, young people can more effectively understand how they feel, why they feel it, and how to deal with future problems and stressful situations. Focusing on overall wellness, young people will gain self-efficacy, boost tolerance for imperfection and failure, and build grit and confidence as they overcome obstacles both internally and externally.
Our program outcomes are categorized under four key objectives:
Emotional Intelligence ~ Self-Worth ~ Self Awareness
Social Skills ~ Community ~ Conflict Resolution
Life Skills ~ Self-Efficacy ~ Resilience
Application ~ Leadership
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