Helping Children, Teens and Young Adults Get Healthy, Happy and Hopeful

Discover the COPE Program

It's a fact that right now in the U.S., children, teens and young adults 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:

Teen girl being bullied on social media

Teen girl being bullied on social media

Faced with these facts, it's clear that timely, evidence-based prevention and help for depressed and anxious children, teens and young adults 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. 

Example of an instructor delivering a manual-based program

Example of an instructor delivering a manual-based program

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, teens and young adults 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.


COPE uses colorful illustrations and animations to help explain concepts and practices.

A variety of programs and delivery methods are available:


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, teens and young adults that they can accomplish whatever it is that is important to them reinforces what their mind believes they can achieve. COPE helps them face their fears and take control of their emotions.

COPE helped me to think a lot better about myself.
— Teen
Depressed teen boy

Depressed teen boy

The Proof is in the Positive Outcomes

COPE Gets Real Results

COPE has been used effectively in clinics, K-12 schools and universities, 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