The Importance of a Mentor
The Mentor-Mentee relationship has existed for thousands of years and across many cultures. This relationship was very important as the elders knew that young people needed support and guidance as they traversed through the world. Unfortunately, young people in the 21st Century have no real access or opportunity to engage in this important relationship.
It is very common for today's young people to keep mental health issues a secret from their friends and family. Unless recognized, these issues can grow in frequency and severity. A Mentor provides another life-line for their Mentee and assures them that they have extra support in dealing with day-to-day challenges. In addition, an effective Mentor provides parents and family members reassurance that their son or daughter has a positive role-model in their life.
Teenage years can be extremely difficult for young people as they are dealing with a variety of new experiences physically, cognitively and emotionally. Adam has extensive experience supporting teens dealing with issues including:
Anxiety - Depression - Mood Disorders
Academic Difficulties - Social Skills Development - Family Conflict
Personal Identity - Bullying - Negative Peer Influences - Drug/Alcohol Abuse
Today's Young Adults are in need of Mentorship and guidance now more than ever as they are experiencing higher stress levels than any previous generation. These statistics are a harsh reminder of what such stress can lead to:
1,100 college students commit suicide every year
20% of students admit to binge drinking
62% of college women have dealt with an eating disorder
20% of women and 14% of men have participated in some form of self-harm