Empowering adults to help teens ‘Change to Chill’

[Quad Community Press, November 05, 2019] The percentage of ninth grade students who reported that they had mental health concerns lasting six months or more increased from 12.5% in 2013 to 17.3% in 2016 and 23.1% in 2019. The percentage of 11th graders who said they seriously considered suicide in the past year increased from 9.7% in 2013 to 12% in 2016 and 13.3% in 2019.

Allina Health is trying to make an impact on those numbers, compiled from the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) administered by the Minnesota Department of Education every three years.

Allina Health recently hosted two Change to Chill training sessions for the north metro, one on Oct. 25 at White Bear Lake City Hall and another on Oct. 28 at the Centennial Library. Change to Chill, which was launched in 2014, is a free online mental well-being program that aims to help identify what stress is, what causes it and, most importantly, how to manage it.

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Change to Chill attendees get up from their seats and do an activity to demonstrate how they feel when they are put on the spot. The Change to Chill free training session was offered Oct. 28 at the Centennial Library. Shannon Granholm, Press Publications photo.

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