If you are a caregiver of a teen J2Member, know that:
- For every 350-800 high school students, there is but one counselor.
- The World Health Organization reports that worldwide, up to 20% of children and adolescents suffer from a disabling mental illness.
- Worldwide, suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents.
- Major depressive disorder often has its onset in adolescence and is associated with substantial psychosocial impairment and risk of suicide.
- Conduct disorders tend to persist into adolescence and adult life and are frequently associated with delinquency, adult crime and dissocial behavior, marital problems, unemployment, and poor physical health.
Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood represent a key point of brain development in which self-destructive psychological patterns can be identified and addressed.
Why isn't everyone who needs it getting mental health care in an organized fashion?
Here are the barriers:
- Systemic: Our current mental health care system is splintered between specialty mental health, primary health, welfare, education, and juvenile detention systems.
- Poor access: Availability of mental health care services is limited, especially within minority populations.
- Lack of sustained familial involvement: Without a core group of supporters, a quest for mental health may not yield results.
- Finances: Typical, private 1-hour counseling sessions cost anywhere from 50-240 dollars. For people who have jobs that do not provide insurance, therapy can be an unaffordable, luxury expense.
The components of J2SYL have been inspired by research and clinical practices that help people work through, challenge, and alter negative mental states.
- Social skills training helps users define distorted thinking, identify dysfunctional relationships, and build a sense of self worth.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a specific approach to empower a person to change their thoughts in order to change their lives. The cognitive-behavioral approaches focus on identifying and modifying negative thought patterns and improving behavioral self-and social-regulation skills thought to underlie the cause of depression and anxiety.
The CBT used in J2SYL has been taken from several CBT programs for youth developed and then published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by Gary Clarke.
After the J2SYL pilot year, we will review qualitative feedback from the members as well as the quantitative (survey based) research to determine the efficacy of the program. We will integrate all feedback into J2SYL 2017 App. We will also share our research with the public through articles (academic and/or trade publications) and on this website as a way of furthering the public’s knowledge of innovative, exclusively online mental health programs.