Amy Rose Vergie is the Program Director for Recovery Happens, a drug counseling and treatment center for adolescent and young adults with locations in Fair Oaks, Roseville, Davis, Walnut Creek and San Raphael. “We have set up a support group, facilitated by our counselors, to help high school seniors share experiences,” Rose said, “This is the last year that this class will be together, and many of them had very close relationships. Many students worked hard to raise money for events which will simply be passed along to the next graduating class.”
Recognizing the particular emotional challenges high school seniors are experiencing in this covid pandemic, Restoration, the non-profit division of Recovery Happens, has established a free online support group for high school seniors who are navigating significant losses this year as graduations, proms and other senior events such as spring break and tours for college campuses are cancelled.
This online support group meets weekly, free of charge, and is open to all high school seniors. They meet weekly, Fridays from 1pm – 2pm, via Zoom (see details below).
Amy explains that for these students whatever their plans were for their last high school year, they will need to decide how they are going to continue with life despite the heartache of these losses. “This support group will help them express feelings of grief and loss,” Amy said, “Our goal for the students with this group is to learn what it means to grieve – to experience the emotion in order to release it. And then we open up conversation about how to be grateful despite the losses.”
Learning how to rally the internal and external resources to process grief is learned behavior. This support group offers a safe place for youth to connect with one another and figure out how they want to respond to this crisis.
You can learn more about this Class of 2020 High School online support group here:
Restoration – A Non-Profit Division of Recovery Happens invites all California High School class of 2020 to a Zoom platform to be heard about the losses you and your class are experiencing. Every Friday from 1:00-2:00. Just put in the meeting number 423 659 5845 on Zoom.
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