Understanding Mental Health in Adolescents Webinar

If you work with adolescents (age 10 – 25) then we have something for you.  USMB Next Gen is offering a FREE two-part webinar about understanding adolescents’ mental health.   Mental health is the top issue that is being discussed in our world today.  The worldwide pandemic has brought mental health even more to the forefront.  Today’s adolescents face a world that is vastly different than the one even 20 years ago.  Depression, anxiety, and even suicide is at an all-time high.  What are youth workers, teachers, and even parents to do?   We wanted to offer a free resource to anyone who has adolescents in their lives or wants to understand their mental health better.   All you have to do is sign up below.

  • 73% of adolescents report feeling loneliness in the past year
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in adolescents
  • 24% of adolescents in the US have an anxiety disorder
  • 1 in 7 high school students has reported misusing prescription opioids
  • 35% of teenage girls have an eating disorder

*from Get Ready for Gen Z and Barna.org

PART 1 | Understanding Mental Health & Wellness in Adolescents

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023 | 12 pm CST

This workshop will provide participants with information about some of the most common mental health and wellness concerns for adolescents, like depression and anxiety, and a greater understanding of the impact of stress and trauma on the developing adolescent brain.  Answering the question of why is this such a prevalent issue.

PART 2 | Now, what do I do?  Responding Confidently to Adolescents Struggling with Emotional and Mental Health

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 | 12 pm CST

This workshop will provide participants with practical tips and techniques for responding to adolescent mental and emotional health challenges that come up while serving with this special age population. Participants will also learn to discern when they can respond within the church or home setting and when to engage others in the helping process.


Serena Hanson is a licensed social worker who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology & Family Counseling from Barclay College and a master’s degree in Social Work from Newman University.  After serving in child & family services for over 23 years, wherein she offered professional development and skill-building to professionals in a variety of roles, she has transitioned into her new role of Assistant Professor and Director of Social Work at Tabor College.  Serena continues to be passionate about developing others a deeper understanding of mental health and wellness, positive relationship engagement, supporting others, and serving in the community.  Serena enjoys spending time mentoring young people and serving in her church’s youth ministry and women’s ministry.

Sign up to receive the webinar link in your email.  

Who is this webinar for?  

To ANYONE, but designed for anyone who has influence over adolescents (age 10-25) which means youth workers, teachers, parents, small group leaders, and more.

Can I attend just one of the two webinars?  

Although it’s designed for a set, yes you can attend only one.

Will these webinars be available afterward?

Yes, this will be made available online.  A link will be sent to anyone who signed up for t

he webinar for a recorded video.

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