At Risk Youth

Coaches from CFF can significantly contribute towards the personal growth and development of teenagers and adolescents. By offering guidance, motivation, and a secure environment for discussion, our coaches can help empower young people to overcome the difficulties of adolescence and establish a satisfying and prosperous life.

It’s important to know that struggling teens can receive help for their mental health concerns. There are various interventions available that can make a positive impact. Remember, there is hope for those who are struggling and seeking support.

CFF Life coaches can provide teens and adolescents with a safe and supportive space to explore their challenges and develop the skills they need to thrive in life. Here are some specific ways in which our coaches can help teens and adolescents:

  • Enhance self-awareness and self-esteem: CFF coaches help teens and adolescents identify their strengths, values, and goals. They encourage self-reflection and help teens develop a positive sense of self, which can boost their confidence and self-esteem.
  • Improve communication and relationship skills: Teaching teens and adolescents effective communication skills, including active listening, empathy, and assertive communication. They also help teens develop healthy boundaries and navigate challenging relationships.
  • Foster emotional intelligence and resilience: Helping teens and adolescents understand and manage their emotions effectively. They teach coping mechanisms for stress, anxiety, and other difficult emotions, building resilience and emotional intelligence.
  • Enhance academic achievement and goal setting: Support teens and adolescents in setting SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound) for their academic pursuits and personal development. They provide guidance and motivation to help teens stay on track and achieve their goals.
  • Develop decision-making and problem-solving skills: Teaching teens and adolescents critical thinking skills, enabling them to make informed decisions and solve problems effectively. They encourage the exploration of options, consideration of consequences, and responsible decision-making.
  • Promote healthy habits and lifestyle choices: Encourage teens and adolescents to adopt healthy habits related to nutrition, exercise, sleep, and overall well-being. They help teens make informed choices about their lifestyle and promote positive health habits.
  • Provide a confidential and supportive space: Offer a non-judgmental and confidential space for teens and adolescents to express their concerns, fears, and challenges without fear of judgment. This safe space can foster open communication and trust.

If you are a teen or you know a teen who is struggling with mental health, there are resources available. In addition to the Coach Forward Foundation, here are some additional resources that can help:

  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): https://www.nami.org/Home
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • The Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

According to the CDC, suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens (10-19 years old) in the United States.

1 in 5 teens (13-18 years old) seriously considered attempting suicide in the past 12 months.

1 in 12 teens (13-18 years old) made a suicide plan in the past 12 months.

1 in 10 teens (13-18 years old) attempted suicide in the past 12 months.

1 in 5 teens (13-18 years old) experiences a mental health disorder in a given year.

1 in 6 teens (13-18 years old) experiences a severe mental health disorder in a given year.

Girls are more likely than boys to experience depression and anxiety.

Teens who live in poverty are more likely to experience mental health disorders.

Early intervention is key to preventing and treating mental health disorders in teens.