Entitled Community Conversation: Stress, Anxiety, and Mental Health in Young People Amid COVID-19, the event was developed by Jeff in partnership with D-H’s Senior Director of External Affairs and former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick, who has spear-headed a powerful public awareness campaign around the steps people can take when they recognize that they or someone they care about is experiencing mental health challenges. Ryan Day, head football coach at Ohio State and a native of Manchester, recorded some remarks for this event, and Bishop Guertin High School, in Nashua, has graciously volunteered to virtually host it on their YouTube channel.
The virtual event, which will feature a panel of speakers and presenters with diverse backgrounds in areas such as counseling, education, coaching, and law enforcement, will address the scope and depth of the challenges that young people face daily regarding mental health, stress, and anxiety and provide solutions on what we adults can do to help them.
The first hour includes speakers and presenters, followed by a thirty-minute panel discussion to further the discussion on young people and mental health.
Speakers and Presenters:
John Broderick, Senior Director of Public Affairs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice
We thought that this recent article in Contemporary Pediatrics on cell phone use and its effects on very young children would be of interest to our readers.
We cannot emphasize enough that you need to turn your phones off when you are with your children, even very young children. If they are older, have your children turn their phones off, too, when you are spending time together.
Once your phone is off, engage with your kids. Give them your full attention. Make eye contact. Have meals together—with everyone’s phone turned off. Be fully present; your child’s mental health depends on it.
Although it is a struggle to come up with many silver linings to COVID, one silver lining for us at Jeff Levin Coaching is it has given us time in the office to catch up on some things we have always wanted to do. One of those things is a podcast—we are happy to announce The Reconnection Project Podcast series. Read more
In an April 12, 2020, interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Rule, New York Times columnist David Brooks said that the coronavirus was like “an x-ray on our society…we know ourselves better when you are in a valley. So I am hopeful that we’re going to have a great reset.”
Victory Club, UNH Wildcat Stadium, 155 Main Street, Durham, N.H.
FREE for all N.H. Athletic Directors and Coaches!
No matter what the sport, young people today—from middle school to Division I—are lacking in two areas: the ability to really bond and create old-school camaraderie and accountability and to generate and enjoy even basic confidence. Coaches are often at a loss how to connect—or even just communicate—with these “Digital Age” kids. Even high-functioning student-athletes today need confidence training that literally gives them the skills and habits of mind to have that ability to shed stress, connect, and behave with true, organic confidence on game day and in life.
In this program, we explore these Digital Age kids and provide concrete techniques for how to communicate with them, motivate them, and get them to bond with each other and your coaching staff.
Jeff Levin, Jeff Levin Coaching
Sean McDonnell, Head Coach, UNH Football
Jimmy Lauzon, Merrimack Football
…and others to be announced!
This program explains why modern kids are so different from the players we coached even just a few years ago. The old-school coaching mentality doesn’t always work, and we’ll explain how that came to be. We’ll discuss the issues holding these kids back, what’s keeping teams from building unity, and what adjustments coaches can make to relate better with their players and to get players to relate better with each other. Learn how to build team camaraderie and commitment, and how, by dealing with these Digital Age issues, you can build a team that has as much, if not more, dedication than the teams of old.
Many thanks to Coach Mac and UNH for allowing us to use the Victory Club!
Although I have temporarily suspended my in-person Weekend Intensive program, I continue to work with individuals and families using Zoom, or potentially in-person with families within a reasonable driving distance when it is warm enough to work outside and an acceptable social distance can be maintained. Of course, using Zoom is a bit tougher for new clients, especially Weekend Intensive families, but it’s working just fine for many families who need help now. As always, I am happy to work for as many hours as it takes for your family to make progress, and we can arrange as many Zoom sessions as are needed for me to work with all the people involved.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss your situation with you to see if I am a good fit for your child and family.
We designed the Weekend Intensive program for families who are really struggling and need immediate help.
With the Weekend Intensive, Jeff comes to you and works with the entire family over the course of a weekend. He gives you an evaluation and a lot of feedback, and then works with all parties involved to develop a plan for moving forward.
The Weekend Intensive also works well for families who are not close enough geographically for weekly sessions. Usually, after an intense weekend of work, everyone is comfortable enough with each other for work to continue via Skye/Facetime, phone, text, email, etc.
Below is a video where Jeff explains the Weekend Intensive in more detail. As always, feel free to contact Jeff to discuss whether this program can help your teen or 20-something and your family.
The increasing number of parents seemingly at cross-purposes with school staff.
Breaking down the seeming vastness of the anxiety issue into manageable, conquerable steps.
5-5:30: Registration and Introductions
Remarks by Stephen Sierpina, Windham H.S. principal
Jeff Levin, Reconnection Project Founder
5:30-6: Discussion of the issues: How pervasive is the stress/anxiety in your school community?
6-7: Solutions: How can we work over time with parents, our staffs, and, of course, the students to reconnect the school community and reduce student stress, anxiety, and all of the negative behaviors they engender?
Preregistration would be appreciated, but drop-ins are also welcome: Contact Jeff Levin at (603) 496-0305 or at email@example.com.
When school started, I heard about several kids who went to college—very good colleges to which the students had happily anticipated going for months—and after only a few days, called their parents to pick them up and take them home.
I see this more and more. Some will go back to school. Others will sit in their parents’ basements playing video games, with their parents wringing their hands because they do not know what to do. This can go on for years, and failure-to-launch young adults make up a large part of my business.
What I find when I talk with these teens and 20-somethings are young people who have never faced adversity, are full of shame and doubt, and lack a sense of themselves or autonomy. When I talk with the parents, I find adults who thought they did everything right and are mystified about where things went wrong.
How did they get there? And, more importantly, how to get them past this? Read more
“Our own life has to be our message.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
The recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, terrible tragedy that it was, also ended up bringing to the fore something positive that is sorely lacking in many of today’s young people: a mission. Although I wish it weren’t mass shootings that were the reason, the way students around the world rallied around the cause of “no more school shootings” couldn’t have been a better demonstration of how kids are brought to life around a mission. Read more
Join Coaches Jeremy Cameron of Mass. Maritime, Dan Buron of Bridgewater-Raynham High School, Ryan Brown of St. Thomas Aquinas, and yours truly on Saturday, May 5, 9AM–1PM, at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, for a unique program on leadership for high-school players and coaches.
Coaches, you are invited to bring your top leaders, captains, or leadership council for a half-day workshop where you and your players will learn how to empower your leaders to be the engine for change on your team. Experience new methods to motivate and communicate better with modern, “digitized” kids so they can be more confident, resilient, team-centered athletes who learn to embody the virtues required to drive a great football program from within.
Kids are hard-wired the same as they have always been; in today’s “Digital Age” we just have to learn new ways to reach th
em. We will take you and your players through a step-by-step methodology so your team leaders can learn hard, concrete skills to
Let go of mistakes
Develop confidence, mental and physical toughness, and resilience
Improve focus and accountability
Think and behave like leaders – be great teammates and highly coachable athletes.
You and your players will build confidence together and then take that home to motivate the rest of your team.
We will provide specific techniques so you can incorporate what you learn in your off- season workouts. Our blueprint will help you develop a culture of confident, high-performing student-athletes who take pride in striving to be great!