Why Youth Mentoring Programs Should Prioritize Mental Health

“Mentors have a valuable role to play in delivering or supporting
the delivery of evidence-based mental health care.”

Jean Rhodes points out in “Why youth mentoring programs should prioritize mental health” that the relationship between a mentor and a mentee is similar to that of a healthcare professional and a patient. Mentors can assist in guiding mentees who may be experiencing symptoms of mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. Rhodes reassures us that a mentor does not need a degree or license to make an impact. “Decades of research have shown that, with the right training and support, paraprofessionals—non-expert paid or volunteer care providers—can deliver interventions just as effectively as professionals—and in some cases, even more so and in ways that will help narrow the unacceptably high service gaps.”

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