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Meeting Anxiety Head-On

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A discussion about youth—teenagers—and how their youth pastors and volunteer youth leaders can help them face their feelings of being overwhelmed and anxious.

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Guests: Jessica Bordeleau and Dr. Rick Marrs. Jessica has worked with youth and young adults for over 15 years in local and national capacities. She currently serves as a digital media producer and is the author of CTA’s Just Breathe book. Rick has been doing counseling and soul care work for over 40 years as a professor, counselor, licensed psychologist, pastor, and author.

Introduction: A discussion about youth—teenagers—and how their youth pastors and volunteer youth leaders can help them face their feelings of being overwhelmed and anxious.

Show Notes:

  • Kinds of stress teenagers face
    • Common teen stressors—identity, physical changes, new schools, etc.
    • External pressures—sports teams, teachers, parents, friends, employers, etc.
  • How to tell when a kid needs help with anxiety and hopelessness
    • Regular vs clinical anxiety
    • If it’s crippling—staying in bed, can’t do what he or she used to—seek professional help
    • Doubts about faith, seek professional help with a Christian counselor
    • Use resources like CTA’s Just Breathe
  • How to help those who do need help
    • Visit counselors in your area, get to know them, so your referral is solid
    • Seeing a counselor for your mental health is like seeing a dentist or doctor for your physical health
    • Romans 8—we won’t ever rid our lives of stress, but we can mitigate it with help
    • Can’t just pray this away—God works through other people like counselors!
    • Can use CTA’s Just Breathe book as a resource
      • Points teens to Jesus
      • Reinforces identity as God’s child
    • Encouragement for youth leaders
      • Meet youth where they are—put everything in God’s hands
      • Be open and honest about counseling and remove the stigma
      • Present Scripture as something God is doing for you, not just another task
      • Listen to the youth—eventually they’ll open up
      • Jesus has lived in our world—and he overcame it, which he can help them do too!
      • Care for yourself—your well-being is more important than what’s on your schedule

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