What We Do
It's pretty simple really.
We bring awareness
of the prevalence of mental health disorders among youth & young adults, and teach students the warning signs and symptoms of common mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. We show them how their mind, body, and spirit are connected and the importance of a holistic mental health plan. A holistic approach should include exercise, a healthy diet, a healthy spiritual life, coping techniques for stress, anxiety and depression, resilience, and a proper view of self and the world around us.
We bring education
through our 14 UShine Conversations, which give youth & young adults a better understanding of their mental and emotional health and teaches them the importance of a holistic approach to mental well-being. Through our UShine Healthy Habits 6 week program, participants work in small groups with a facilitator to learn and practice skills to promote emotional health and manage stress. They also learn the importance of resilience. Resilience isn't about avoiding failure, it’s about embracing failure, learning from our mistakes, and bouncing back stronger. Together the groups work on goal-setting and spur one another on to success.
We bring hope
through a transparent approach and story-telling we show students the number of beautiful, kind, and talented people in this world that live full lives despite a diagnosis with mental illness. We make it more acceptable to talk about, and easier to address, and in the process shatter stigmas. We let them know they aren't alone and we encourage students to look beyond themselves and be aware of those around them that might be struggling.
We show them the love of Jesus
We know that every young person we meet is at a different place in life and with their mental health. We believe in good mental health for all and meeting every youth just where they're at on their journey. We want to provide an open, safe and hope-filled environment for them to learn. By treating each person with respect, kindness, and love, we show them the kind of love Jesus shows to all of us.