Allina Health's teen mental
well-being program, Change
to Chill, is partnering with a select group of area high schools that
will receive hands-on support from Allina Health to implement Change to Chill.
The partnership will foster school-wide efforts towards creating and nurturing
a culture of mental well-being among students and staff. The Partnership kicks
off with Chill Week, Sept. 10-14.
"When teens have the
resources and support to stress less, they are more resilient and able to live
fuller and happier lives," said Susan Nygaard, manager of Allina Health's Community
Health Improvement. "Change to Chill works as a preventive measure to
equip teens with tools and resources to better manage stress and anxiety."
Mental health is a rising
problem, especially in the teen population. According to 2016 MN Student Survey
results, about 1 in 5 students indicated experiencing symptoms of depression.
Ninth grade students who reported mental health concerns lasting six months or
more increased from 12.5% in 2013 to 17.3% in 2016. And the percentage of 11th
graders who said they seriously considered suicide in the past year increased
from 9.7% in 2013 to 12.0% in 2016.
Change to Chill (http://www.changetochill.org/) is
an online resource created by Allina Health that provides teens with unique and
useful ideas to manage stress in a healthy way. Tested by teens, Change to
Chill offers mindfulness concepts, resiliency techniques, deep breathing
strategies and additional ways to help teens stress less, be healthier and
happier, and better able to face life’s challenges.
The Change to Chill School
Partnership will provide the participating schools with:
the Trainer sessions for educators
group(s) for students
and engagement with parents
mentoring program development
towards creating a “Chill Zone” - a designated student space to relax
Schools not selected for the
Partnership can access the resources on the website including ready-to-use
lessons, activities, videos and digital collateral. Schools and communities
interested in participating in a training can submit a request
The high schools awarded the
Change to Chill School Partnership for 2018-2019 include:
Arcadia Charter School –
High School – Cambridge, Minn.
Coon Rapids High School – Coon
Harding High School – St.
High School – Hopkins, Minn.
Maple Lake High School –
Maple Lake, Minn.
New Ulm High School – New
River Falls High School –
River Falls, Wis.
Shakopee High School –