Metro Detroit therapy camp helps kids talk about their mental health

Birmingham, Michigan. It’s hard to get teens to talk about their feelings, especially if they’re struggling.

But check our children Psychological health It is vital, and if they don’t talk to us, where can they go where they feel comfortable participating?

Many students wrapped up this school year on a sad note, heading into summer vacation to deal with a lot of emotions.

Now, there’s a special place that combines all the joys of summer camp and therapy.

This school year ended in the wake of another shooting tragedy, leaving students and parents with heavy hearts and many questions.

Child therapists in Metro Detroit help students out of the classroom at summer camp.

Speak 4 local to Children’s therapist Brooke Bendix About Camp Therapy.


“A camp is a safe place, a place to have fun, a place to connect with others, and also to connect with yourself,” Bendix said. “So we call it a camp because that’s the feeling we want you to have. It’s also, you know, a place where you can feel safe and discuss mental health issues.”

Read: Camp Therapy – A social remote camp in Birmingham that helps children and teens struggling with mental health

Camp Therapy It’s as if therapy has crept into a fun camp-like setting.

“So it’s a lot more than what the typical summer camp really is,” Bendix said. “It meets the needs of the children and adolescents in our world now, which must be met.”

Therapists like Bendix say her young patients suffer from high rates of anxiety, depression, and loneliness, and the support they provide through regular therapy isn’t enough.


“I’ve never seen more kids and teens reach out and want to have a therapist who wants to go to a group or camp and really talk about their mental health and be a big advocate for mental health,” Bendix says. “Which is amazing.”

They cover many issues and topics such as how to deal with mean girls, LGBTQ, build healthy coping skills, navigate friendships, family issues, or anything that tweens or teens are going through right now.

“I think one of my favorite group topics that I talk about a lot are taboo topics,” Bendix said. “And that’s anything from suicide to eating disorders, self-harm, even what’s happening right now in the world, shootings that are happening. And they don’t talk about it enough in schools, and I understand why. But they need a place and a safe space to talk about it” .

Camps run at different times this summer and are open to different ages for both boys and girls. click here To find more information.


Related: Get the help you need: Where to find mental health services in Southeast Michigan

Read more: The ways people make mental health a priority and why it matters

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, you are not alone. Help is available. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 for support at 800-273-8255. click here To find crisis lines near you.


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