Minnesota Nonprofit Offers Teen Anger Management for Schools
It’s easy to forget that it’s hard being a kid. While some of their worries may not seem like a big deal to adults, anxieties over issues like homework and making friends can weigh heavily on students. More serious issues like bullying at school or trouble at home — such as parents fighting, or money problems — are especially worrisome for kids to process and get through the day with. But for Anoka County, Minnesota, there is a group out there with the resources to help young children deal with stress and provide teen anger management counsel.
The Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being is devoted to helping elementary, middle and high school kids cope with mental health issues, including anger, anxiety, grief and attention deficit. Working as a contractor with schools, the Carlson Center’s goal is to provide free and accessible care to families that need it.
One of the group’s specialties is anger management for kids. Shari Barmash, a school group facilitator and 35-year Carlson veteran who works with students in Columbia Heights schools, said that their approach has had to change from development of self-esteem to anger management and stress reduction, which now makes up 75 percent of her workload.
“Kids today…have so much anger, and they don’t know want to do with it. Sometimes kids don’t think there are other options,” Barmash told the Star Tribune. “It’s my job to teach kids other options. We try to increase self-control and problem-solving skills.”
With rampant cases of bullying, shootings like the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary and economic stresses putting pressure on homes, the number of kids requiring counseling for anger management is only rising. If this applies to your family, inquire about the teen anger management programs we offer online at Mastering Anger