Helping Children and Teens Get Healthy, Happy and Hopeful
Discover the COPE Program
It's a fact that right now in the U.S., children and teens are not getting the mental health treatment they need. Many are on long waiting lists, and fewer than 25% are receiving help. According to the latest research, at least 5% of children and 9-20% of all adolescents suffer from depression, and the risk is even higher if their parents experience depression as well. And those numbers are even higher in minority populations.
Common stressors/symptoms include:
- Weight Management/Obesity
- Schoolwork/grades/academic performance
- Sports performance
- Relationships with friends and parents
- Divorce/family disruption/new family
- Romantic break-ups
- Peer pressure/acceptance
- Moving/new school
- Low self-esteem
- Sleep disturbances
- Social withdrawal/avoidance
- Anger, irritability and aggression
- Change in appetite
- Feeling of hopelessness
Faced with these facts, it's clear that timely, evidence-based prevention and help for depressed and anxious children and teens is an absolute must. That is why the COPE Programs were created. COPE understands young people's needs and offers access to education and skills-building exercises to help prevent and manage negative emotions while enhancing healthy behaviors.
Through a series of brief, easy-to-follow sessions, complete with skills-building activities, the evidence-based COPE Programs convey that there is hope for change, and that both depression and anxiety are treatable.
COPE recognizes that we can't control trigger events, but we can control our responses to them. For less than the cost of just one session with a therapist, the COPE Program teaches children and teens how to recognize and stop automatic negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts instead. The result is feeling emotionally better and behaving in healthy ways.
How You Think Affects How You Feel and Behave
The Science Behind The COPE Programs
The COPE Programs are based on a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy-based skills-building approach that includes reducing negative thoughts, increasing healthy behaviors, and improving communications and problem-solving skills.
When a person learns to COPE in positive ways, the brain lays down new pathways, helping him or her grow new neuronal connections and deal with stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms in healthy ways.
By helping individuals change their thoughts from negative to positive, their feelings and behaviors naturally follow suit. Convincing children and teens that they can accomplish whatever it is that is important to them reinforces that what their mind believes they can achieve. COPE helps them face their fears and take control of their emotions.
The Proof is in the Positive Outcomes
COPE Gets Real Results
COPE has been used effectively in clinics, schools, and office practices in individual, group and classroom formats. Several separate studies* have shown that the evidence-based COPE Program results in reduced depressive and anxiety symptoms, as well as improved self-concept.
In a large High School-based COPE Trial, teens who participated in the program in comparison to teens who did not receive COPE had:
- Higher average scores on the social skills specifically cooperation, assertion, and academic competence
- Higher academic performance
- Less alcohol use
- Less depression
- Greater healthy lifestyle behaviors
- Less overweight/obesity