BIRMINGHAM, Mich. – It’s hard to get our teens to talk about their feelings, especially if they’re having a hard time.
But checking in on our children mental health is crucial and if they do not want to talk to us then where can they go where they might feel comfortable sharing?
Many students ended this school year with a gloomy tone as they entered the summer holidays with so many emotions.
Now there is a special place that combines all the joys of summer camp with therapy.
This school year ended on the heels of yet another shooting tragedy, leaving students and parents with heavy hearts and lots of questions.
Pediatric therapists in Metro Detroit help students outside the classroom at summer camp.
Room 4 spoke with Pediatrician Brooke Bendix about camp therapy.
“Camp is a safe place and it’s a place to have fun, it’s a place to connect with others, and also to connect with yourself,” Bendix said. “So we call it Camp because it’s the feeling we want you to have. And it’s also, you know, a place where you can feel safe and discuss mental health issues.”
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Camp Therapyology, It’s like therapy sneaking into a fun camp-like setting.
“So it’s so much more than what a typical summer camp really is,” Bendix said. “It is to meet the needs of children and teenagers right now in our world that they need to be addressed.”
Therapists like Bendix say her youngest patients experience high levels of anxiety, depression and loneliness, and the support they provide with regular therapy is just not enough.
“I’ve never seen more kids and teens reach out and like to have a therapist go to a group or to a camp and really talk about their mental health and be big advocates for mental health,” Bendix says. “Which is amazing.”
They cover various issues and topics such as how to deal with bad girls, LGBTQ, building healthy coping skills, navigating friendships, family issues or just about anything tweens or teens can go through right now.
“I think one of my favorite group topics that I talk about a lot is taboo topics,” Bendix said. “And it’s everything from suicide to eating disorders, to self-harm, to even what’s happening right now in the world, and the shootings that are going on. And they’re not talking enough about it in schools, and I understand why. But they need for a place, a safe space to talk about it. ”
The camps run at different times this summer and are open to different ages for both boys and girls. click here to find more information.
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If you, or someone you know, is struggling with suicidal thoughts, you are not alone. Help is available. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 to provide support at 800-273-8255. click here to find crisis lines near you.
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