Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: A Field Guide for Catholic Parents, Pastors, and Youth Leaders

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Accompanying today’s young people can feel like being lost.

The prospect of venturing deeper into the emotional lives of young people to try to direct them can feel disorienting. In addition to the normal emotional rollercoaster of adolescence, the new stressors teens face today can make them feel they’re in an emotional house of mirrors with worries, stresses, and fears dancing and multiplying.

The prospect of helping teens sort through the emotional ups, downs, and turnarounds they experience can be daunting, even for seasoned parents, educators, ministers, and other caring adults.

This leaves us in an interesting place: anxious and fearful adults tasked with helping anxious and fearful young people. At first glance, this might seem an impossible mess. Yet the more aware we are of our own fears and concerns, the more we will be able to relate to young people. The substance of our worries may be different, but we will meet them from a place of common experience, which ultimately strengthens our potential to help.

Additional Features Found in the Book

Digital ResourcesDigital Resources

Key Points to Ask YourselfKey Points to Ask Yourself

Scripture and PrayersScripture and Prayers


In each chapter you’ll find a few opportunities to discover additional content. These resources may be videos, PDF files, or a more detailed description of the topic being considered. For the majority who will be reading a paperback in their hands, the exact links will be offered in the chapter notes.


Each chapter will conclude with what the author believes are the key points. These aren’t the only key points, but they are at least a few. Look them over and don’t be afraid to add to them. In addition, take a few minutes to reflect on the questions at the end of each chapter. You might consider writing your responses as a way of deepening your learning.


Scripture passages are provided to offer the following:

Hope. Sometimes knowing that what we’re experiencing with a young person is talked about in scripture gives us hope. It can help knowing that our unique experiences also have a common element shared by others who have gone before us.Encouragement. God’s Word can help us to press on when we feel discouraged and are tempted to give up.Opportunity for prayer. Take a moment or two to pray with the passage and listen to what God might be saying uniquely to you and your situation.

Teen Depression, Depressed, Anxious, AnxietyTeen Depression, Depressed, Anxious, Anxiety

Adult helping teenAdult helping teen CONTENTS

How Big Is the Problem?Should I Step In?How Can I Help?Understanding StressRecognizing Anxiety and Depression Avoiding the Undue Pressures of SuccessUsing the Roadmap of Catholic FaithLearning the Art of ListeningFinding Help for the HelperHeeding the Call of the Good Samaritan

Take Action

In this book, you’ll find tips, tools, and insights to help with many different situations and contexts. Act on those. Put them into practice right away. Share them with a friend or colleague.

The worst thing that could happen as a result of you reading this book is to find it interesting and insightful but do nothing with it.

Use what you’ll learn here to help you reach out, reconnect with, and accompany the young people in your life through the tough times they’re likely facing.

A valuable tool for every parent, pastor, youth leader leading young souls heaven Mark HartA valuable tool for every parent, pastor, youth leader leading young souls heaven Mark Hart

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ave Maria Press (March 8, 2019)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 160 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 159471889X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1594718892
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7.2 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches


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