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Why Youth Turn to “Text, Talk, Act” for Peer Emotional Support

December 14, 2017 9:26 AM

bryanne, mental, health, emotional, wellness, bryanne sanchez, bullying, anti-bullying, text talk act, healthy living, well being, youth in actionWithout struggles, one would not be able to distinguish the good times from the bad. Everyone’s had a rough day. A rough week. Perhaps a rough month. It’s never fun to dwell on your problems. In fact, it’s always best to share these trying times with a trusted friend, advisor or 4‑H’er.

Yes, that’s right, a 4‑H’er! You attend meetings with this person; you show your animal next to this person; you even have to wear the same uniform as this person. Through the Text, Talk, Act program, you can communicate and bond with this fellow 4‑H’er in a way you may have never imagined.

It’s simple. Pull out a mobile device and gather a group of two to ten friends. Text the code that Creating Community Solutions (contact this organization for instructions before meeting up with your friends) has provided, and let the mental health discussion begin! Do you need to talk to someone about your relationship with your family? Are you struggling with stress in school? Has your mood been taking a turn for the worse lately? If so, the Text, Talk, Act program is a perfect opportunity for you to connect with fellow 4‑H’ers and learn that you are NEVER alone in these situations.

Last November, I led a small group discussion with my 4‑H peers through Text, Talk, Act. I learned that some of my 4‑H friends were wrestling with some difficult issues in their home and personal lives. I took that to heart and made it a point to ask about my friends’ days from then on out. I wanted them to know that I cared and that I was willing to listen. 4‑H is a family! We all bleed green and white, am I right?!

Click here for more information about how to be a part of Text, Talk Act!

About the Author

Bryanne Sanchez

4‑H Youth in Action Winner (Healthy Living)

Bryanne Sanchez became an advocate for healthy living in her community as her 4‑H club’s first Healthy Living Officer. Using this platform, Bryanne sought to bring initiatives promoting a healthy lifestyle to her Club and community. As her 4‑H club’s Healthy Living officer, she launched the annual Color Me Green Run in Imperial County. Annually, more than 250 runners participate in this fun, three-mile race that encourages youth and adults to stay active. Realizing that a healthy lifestyle includes both physical and mental well-being, Bryanne partnered with Creating Community Solutions to organize a Text, Talk, Act forum that provided more than 200 youth with the opportunity to discuss these topics in a healthy environment.

The 4‑H Youth in Action Healthy Living Pillar Award is sponsored by Molina Healthcare.

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