Make decisions about sharing your story: PAID program for teens living with a mental health challenge

Rogers InHealth is looking for Oconomowoc-area high school students to participate in the Honest, Open, Proud (HOP) program to help teens explore their own personal story of mental health challenges. Participants who complete the program will receive $75. The first session starts on Monday, October 30, at 3:30 pm at the YMCA at Pabst Farms. Print the Flyer

Ever wonder what to say to your friend about what you’ve experienced?
Do you dread telling grandma about the challenges you have faced?
Are you sick of keeping a big secret, but not sure if others can be trusted?
Have some wisdom to share with others, but aren’t sure where to start?

Honest, Open, Proud (HOP) may be for you
The goal of this program is for you to think about the pros and cons of talking about your experiences with mental health challenges in the daily settings of your life (friendships, school, extended family, etc.). You do not need a formal diagnosis to participate. Together, with a small group of peers, you learn ways to talk about yourself from a strengths-based perspective. This program empowers you to make the best decision for yourself and, if you decide to talk to others, to be ready for unexpected responses.

Teens needed
Led by trained staff from Rogers InHealth, we are looking for youth who have completed 8th – 12th grade. The YMCA at Pabst Farms is hosting this program, and we are asking for your participation in the following program schedule:
Monday, October 30, 3:30-5:00
Monday, November 6, 3:30-4:30
Monday, November 13, 3:30-4:30
Monday, November 20, 3:30-4:30
Monday, November 27, 3:30-5:00
Monday, December 18, 3:30-5:00

If you attend all of the sessions within your program schedule, you will receive $75.
Three of the sessions will include time to complete a brief research survey. Half of the teens that sign up for the program will attend all the sessions, while the other half of the teens that sign up will only attend 3 sessions (when the survey is offered). All participants must have permission form signed by their parent if under 18.

To sign up, contact Sarah Reed, PhD, at
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