Chico teens struggling with mental health can find support

Life may be finally getting back to some kind of normal for kids, but the past year has been an emotional challenge.

Posted: Feb 19, 2021 6:09 PM
Updated: Feb 19, 2021 8:44 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Butte County Behavioral Health and The North Valley Community Foundation are starting a focus group to figure out how to best support teens struggling with mental health.

Rebecca Konkin, a mother of four, said she can't imagine what it would be like to lose a child struggling with mental health.

"It is devastating to think about,” Konkin said.

Konkin said there is an opportunity to do something to help.

"I definitely think there is a need for mental health services in our community,” Konkin said. “Clearly, we are seeing an increase in anxiety and depression and unfortunately that has even led to suicides and that is obviously tragic."

One of the biggest challenges for teens is fields for sports have been empty for almost a year now and this is one of the reasons why the North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) and Butte County Behavioral Health are conducting a focus group.

"I think the idea is to one give them a voice, to really hear them because I think that within itself is really huge and two illicit from them what they think will really help,” Thrive program manager, Erin Morrissey said.

The Thrive program will consist of 10 to 12 high school students and will be led by trained young people.

"Then, we will come up with a report and what everybody said and what rises to the top,” Erin Morrissey said. “What are the things that every group said this is what needs to happen and then we take that and make that happen."

The NVCF is hoping to start the focus group by next week.

The foundation said it wants to have a youth summit in April to look at the results from the focus group.

To sign up to be apart of the focus group, click HERE.

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