Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues can affect any family, at any time. Buts stigmas around these issues can prevent parents from reaching out for help, for fear that they or their child will be judged.

Fortunately, there’s hope. People are breaking down barriers and talking more openly about mental illness and mental health issues. And with increased awareness and visibility comes greater access to resources for parents who struggle with these challenges.

These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as depression, self-harm, and how to obtain the help your child needs.

How Do You Help Your Teen Manage Peer Pressure in High School or College?

Cheryl Frommelt MS LCPC LMFT
Clinical Director, Fox Valley Institute for Growth and Wellness
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Fox Valley Institute for Growth and Wellness
640 N. River Rd. Suite 108
Naperville, IL 60563
630.718.0717 x 210

How Do You Help Your Teen Manage Peer Pressure in High School or College?

Peers naturally influence our teen’s lives. The influence can be either positive or negative in nature. It is human nature to listen to and learn from others in their age group. As kids get older, in high school and college, negative peer pressure can get in the way academically, behaviorally or emotionally.

Let’s discuss 5 ways to help your teen manage peer pressure in high school and beyond.

1. Encourage your child to take part in positive activities with positive people that they can feel good about.
2. Listen to your child when they talk to you about peer situations. Don’t overreact, lecture, shame or blame them.
3. Teach your child to foresee potential situations that may lead to trouble and role-play saying “no”.
4. Get to know your child’s friends.
5. Develop a back-up plan when your child is in a situation they can’t handle.