Teen Stress in Our Schools: A 45-minute program to improve coping skills. Over time secondary level students have increasingly reported more high levels of stress coming from academic, social, and family difficulties while they barely have any knowledge to help them effectively manage stress. At the same time a big number of youth are starting to engage in maladaptive behaviours like risk taking, non-suicidal self-injury, and video game use to manage stress. Although school settings give ideal places to teach effective stress management, all existing programs are long which makes them a bit hard to include within school curriculum. The article shares a team developed research based and brief single-session stress management program. This program addresses key components of adolescent stress management such as psychoeducation, decreasing stigma, and coping skills. It addresses them in a one classroom period and rated positively by teens.
The stressOFF Strategies Program: “A Stress Management Program for Teens, a single-session 45-minute program that has been delivered to over 2,000 high school students and received very positive evaluations from both students and school personnel.” The content of this program include;
- Decreasing stigma
- Coping skills
- Follow-up (pamphlet and online activities).