How to combat the mental health crisis among teens is a topic the occupational therapists and mental health professionals at Zier Institute and Amy Zier + Associates have discussed for years. Fast forward to COVID-19 and “post” pandemic lives, there is a heightened demand for mental health services for teens and young adults.
A quick Google search of “teen mental health” results in an array of articles, websites, and statistics that will scare any parent of a teen or young adult who is struggling to fit in, make friends, or experience anxiety and depression. Truthfully, there are things to be concerned about, and we’d be sugarcoating it to say otherwise.
Are social media and the digital age causing more harm than good? That’s a valid question, one without an easy answer. Why do teens and young adults feel lonely and lost when it is easier than ever to “connect”?
Here’s the good news! Our team of occupational therapists and psychotherapists designed Zier Institute and AZ+A’s Beam Program for Teens and Young Adults to help overcome the mental health challenges experienced in today’s contemporary climate. That’s right; this isn’t regurgitated therapy methods and materials from decades past. We tackle today’s topics in real time, and our participants discover their best selves – young men and women who are confident, joyful and self-aware.
Beam is a multi-week program that looks different for every participant because everyone has different needs. The core program includes questionnaires, journaling, exercises, self-reflection, and discussions, but we engage the teens and young adults on their preferences. We meet each individual where they are at and help them build tools to become capable of building and maintaining strong relationships.
Let’s hear from the pioneers of the Beam Program. First up, Larry Zier:
Next, a few words from Beam therapist Stephanie Young: