Prior to this session, the expectation is that all leaders will have completed the Break Free from Depression Train the Trainer program. This curriculum can be found at the following website: https://learn.openpediatrics.org/learn/signin
Leaders should be seated in a way that allows them to see each other. One suggestion is to have leaders sit in a circle. You can also allow leaders to sit at tables that are shaped as an oval or horseshoe.
Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Youth ministers receive little formal training around adolescent mental health problems, including depression and suicidality. However, having some foundational information can be helpful when addressing these topics with youth. Before facilitating any sessions with your youth groups, we strongly recommend that you participate in the Break Free from Depression Train the Trainer online program. The program will prepare you to facilitate the Break Free from Depression youth curriculum with your youth group as well as respond to concerns related to depression and suicide. The purpose of this session is to help leaders understand the nature of depression and discover concrete resources to use in order to respond to depression.
In this session, leaders will discuss plans and strategies for introducing the Break Free from Depression curriculum to their youth and identify community resources and referrals.
Planning Task List
Gather (5 minutes)
Prayer and Greeting
Engage (30 minutes)
Introduction of Session
Activity 1: Exploring Depression through Guided Discussion
Activity 2: Youth Curriculum Development
Activity 3: Community Resource Mapping
Reflect (10 minutes)
Activity 4: Naming Fears and Concerns
Activity 5: Praying Hope-filled Prayers
This resource includes supplementary materials:
Introduction for Leaders