Allina Health was honored with Minnesota Business Magazine's Leaders in Health Care Award for Community Outreach for its Change to Chill™ program at an awards banquet last night. Allina Health created Change to Chill (changetochill.org) in response to the mental health crisis among teens, as revealed in a recent community health needs assessment.
"Allina Health is leading the way by providing teens the tools they need to stress less and care for their mental well-being," The Minnesota Business Magazine noted. "Change to Chill is a free, online resource that provides stress reduction skills, life balance techniques, mindfulness, resiliency, deep-breathing activities and health education resources for teens."
According to the American Psychological Association, teens are under pressure and reporting comparable stress levels and symptoms of stress as adults. Linked to stress are symptoms of depression and anxiety, which sometimes lead to life-threatening behavior such as suicide attempts. A study about depression found rates of suicide attempts were significantly higher in adolescents ages 13-17 than in emerging adults (ages 18-23) or adults (24-30).
Change to Chill has the flexibility to be adapted to individual or group needs. For example, following two suicides in a local school, students and staff were desperate for resources to help teens deal with stress. Their Future Problem Solvers Group tapped into the Change to Chill messaging to create their own ‘Stress is a Mess’ campaign. This effort won first place in a state competition for their work in embracing the Change to Chill stress reduction messaging and changing the school environment.
Since launching in November 2014, Change to Chill has served more than 40,000 people, including teachers who use it in their classrooms, teens who use it in social groups, and parents looking for ways to help their child stress less. CTC provides an easy way for teens to talk about stress and identify ways to manage it.