Since early this summer, AYO’s Mentor Team has been hard at work creating a fantastic new opportunity for our mentors! AYO works with students from all walks of life, and many come to us with unique experiences and mental health challenges. Our mentors care deeply about their mentee’s well-being and constantly seek support from AYO’s mentor specialists. We noticed that most of their concerns were surrounding mental health topics, so we developed another training to equip our wonderful mentors, deemed Mental Health Round Table.
On September 28, mentors, mentor specialists, and AYO and Aurora Mental Health Center staff joined in the conversation about how to best support a youth facing mental health challenges. Over a dozen of us learned, shared, and practiced having conversations with youth about their mental health, covering topics such as anxiety and depression, suicide, and more. We are so excited to continue to decrease the stigma around mental health, encourage these conversations, and support our mentors and mentees every quarter!
As always, reach out to AYO if you, your friends, or your family are interested in getting involved with AYO’s mentor program—we’d love to have you!