Listen in as Dena shares her personal journey and provides wisdom and resources for parents who are going through similar challenges.

Mental health issues are not only a reality for so many adults in our communities, but it has also become an unfortunate reality for our children—especially within the past few years. Between April and October 2020 alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that hospital emergency departments saw a rise in kids that were there for mental health needs. But is it much of a surprise? 

After this past year, there has been an unprecedented amount of young people struggling to find meaning and peace in their day-to-day lives. With that, many parents have felt the urgency and responsibility to help guide their children toward recovery from substance abuse, self-harm, and feelings of isolation and depression.

Through people like Dena Yohe and her website (hopeforhurtingparents.com), as well as her book, You Are Not Alone: Hope for Hurting Parents of Troubled Kids, parents can find the resources and help they are looking for. Through Dena's personal journey with her own daughter, she was able to recognize the problem in the lack of support and guidance for parents, so she built and created that space for others. Her wisdom doesn't only come from knowledge, it intimately comes from her heart and her empathy towards others on this path.

Please listen to this podcast through Our Community Now called Operation: Let's Get Educated. In this episode, Elise speaks with Dena Yohe on the struggles of parenting teens and adults with destructive behaviors, and how as a parent you need to know and understand that you are not alone on this journey. Watch below:

*If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (en español: 1-888-628-9454; deaf and hard of hearing: dial 711, then 1-800-273-8255) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.*