A Safe Space for Teens to Talk

. February 1, 2018.

Teens who struggle with mental health issues have a new resource available to them in Findlay. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Hancock County exists to help people who are suffering from mental health illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Sunny Davis-McNeil, executive director of NAMI of Hancock County, explains that many programs that give families an “extra tool for dealing with their mental health.” All of the programs are free to the community with a wide variety of options to meet all age groups.


NAMI’s recently formed Teen Talk group came about after a couple of teenagers approached NAMI to seek support for themselves and their peers who were experiencing anxiety, depression, ideas of self-harm and suicidal tendencies. The group, which is open to teens ages 14-17, provides a chance to talk, learn coping skills, support each other, feel empowered and have fun. The teens also develop a sense of purpose as they work together to serve others through volunteer opportunities.

At Teen Talk, teens “feel better about themselves by being part of the group and by helping others,” says Davis-McNeil. Teens who are struggling with friendships, being bullied, feeling anxious or depressed, having suicidal thoughts or feeling judged or alone are encouraged to watch for information about future meeting dates for Teen Talk or call NAMI of Hancock County to find out more. Teens who aren’t dealing with mental health issues themselves but want to come to support a friend who is struggling are also welcome.

To get more information about TeensTalk or NAMI’s other programs, call NAMI of Hancock County at 419-425-5988, extension 176, or visit namihancockcounty.org/our-programs.