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Let's talk about love... or What is LOVE?
What is LOVE’s mission is to teach the next generation to love in a healthy, abuse-free way to end the cycle of relationship violence. Teen dating violence is a significantly underreported public health crisis: a recent study found that 60% of teens ages 13 to 18 reported experiencing physical, sexual, or emotional relationship violence.
With the current stay at home order, there has been a dramatic increase in unhealthy dating, increased anxiety & depression, and increased isolation. Youth who are victims are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety, engage in drug and alcohol abuse, engage in risky sexual behavior, and think about suicide.
Remote Mental Health Crisis Support
Zoom sessions are available for teens, 14-18 needing extra support to build healthy relationship skills, identify unhealthy dating behavior, and strengthen their social-emotional skills. Our researched educational approach is in direct alignment with key recommendations by the Center for Disease Control for reducing teen dating violence.
Reaching Teens Through Social Media
How can our teens feel emotionally closer to loved ones while they physically distance? With a creative contest through social media, of course! Through the #TeenSocialsCHALLENGE,
To join the fun visit @whatisLOVE on Instagram!
Creative Community Outreach
What is LOVE also serves the community by educating and connecting teens and parents to community resources. Recently What is LOVE Executive Director Christy Stilwell joined the Ella Mission podcast discuss her work. Hear what she has to say about teaching the next generation to love in a healthy abuse-free way!
We know that this is a difficult and uncertain time for our community. But it’s especially important to support our students as they continue learning remotely.
Special thanks to What is LOVE Executive Director Christy Stillwell for sharing her content and serving our teens and parents.