Smart plans for a successful summer break

The end of school means another transition for youth who have experienced heightened behavioral health concerns even with the return of in-person activities over the past year.

This freedom and leisure bring the promise of relaxation, but they may be a challenge for youth who thrived in the school day’s structure. And, it may be a concern for those who struggle with substance use or mental health disorders.

“With stress and anxiety levels still running high, the summer may be a well-timed break, but it also is a time when youth are more at risk for trying substances,” said Rosecrance Regional President Carlene Cardosi. “I encourage families to be intentional with summer plans to ensure children receive activities and constructive downtime they need to recharge.”

For teens who may need a boost during this time, Rosecrance champions hope through holistic residential programming that introduces them to enjoyable summer activities that encourage personal growth and build healthy relationships.

These activities teach teens valuable life lessons and strengthen coping skills in a supportive setting. Through the guidance of our expert staff, teens reconnect with themselves and may find a new hobby or two. Most importantly, they rediscover hope and set a new path for their lives.

If you know a teen who could benefit from a caring environment like this, please call us at 888.928.5278. Rosecrance’s team of expert staff is ready to serve adolescents and their families.

In addition, Rosecrance staff offer these suggestions for families:

  • Establish a schedule for teens. It may include chores, a job, volunteer work, summer school, park district programs or other healthy activities.
  • Set boundaries and establish a curfew.
  • Help youth be intentional about leisure time. Physical activity, time outdoors, mindfulness activities, reading books for fun, and investing in other hobbies are excellent stress relievers.
  • Insist on daily conversations, even if that means staying up late until your children come home.
  • Watch for any behavior change, mood swings, altered sleep or eating patterns, or self-harm.