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Fresh Hope for Teens is a Christian support group for teens who have a mental health challenge and for their teen friends.
 
The goal of Fresh Hope for Teens is to empower teens to live a full, faith-filled rich life, overcoming the challenges they face due to their mental health challenges.  
The Fresh Hope Teen Principles of Overcoming are the guiding principles which empower the teens within a peer-to-peer safe setting where they find a safe environment to share, encourage and overcome.
 
The group is led by both adult and teen trained group facilitators.
 
Fresh Hope for Teens is the teen division of Fresh Hope Ministries. (www.FreshHope.us)
 
If you’re interested in finding a group or starting a group…

Principles of Overcoming

Principle #1

My life is affected by a mental health challenge and my life can be out of control and seem hopeless, especially if I try to do it alone. I choose to get the help and support of others to get through struggles and find joy in my life.

Together, we have understanding. We remind each other of the Lord’s love, and that He alone can do all things. He is the source of our hope, and in Him we can overcome all things.

“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

Principle #2

My mental health challenge has affected my friends and family as well. I choose to get better for my self and for them.

Together, we commit to speaking the truth in love, healing broken relationships and viewing each other as the Lord views us.

“So let’s pursue those things which bring peace and which are good for each other.” Romans 14:19 (God’s Word Translation, 1995)

Principle #3

Sometimes I can use my mental health issue as an excuse for my behavior. I choose to believe I can live a full and rich life in spite of my disorder, and to accept help from the people who truly want to help in my recovery.

Together, we do better than trying on our own. We will hold one another accountable for learning, growing, and choosing to push through in hope.

“Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

Principle #4

My disorder can make me feel hopeless. I choose to believe, no matter what I feel, that there is help and hope for my physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual health.

Together, we remind each other that our hope and joy come from the Lord. He alone is able to fulfill our needs in every aspect of our lives.

 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Principle #5

While medicine may be very important to my recovery, it’s not the only answer. I choose to find new ways of thinking and acting in my daily interactions.

Together, we choose freedom over suffering, and joy in living through self-knowledge in action.

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” II Corinthians 10:5

Principle #6

Sometimes I allow myself to be a victim of my disorder. I choose to overcome and live in hope and joy, in spite of my disorder.

Together, we share in each other’s victories and celebrate the whole person.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind.”               II Timothy 1:7

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Our purpose here is to encourage one another to choose God’s fresh hope for our daily life and future.

Who we see here remains confidential. What is said here stays here.

We don’t judge; nor do we lecture. We listen, we share and we grow.

Fresh Hope for Parents

A Fresh Hope for Parents group is for the parents, step-parents and foster parents of teens who struggle with a mental health issue.  This group focuses on the needs of the parents; giving support, encouragement, insight and hope.  Parents may attend the group even if their teen is not attending the Fresh Hope for Teens group.

Not every church or sponsoring ministry that has a Fresh Hope for Teens group has a Fresh Hope for Parents it varies. Some sponsoring church’s of Fresh Hope for Teens offer a Fresh Hope for Parents’ group.     Other sponsoring churches have the Teen group on the same night in-which their regular Fresh Hope group for adults meets and they instead encourage the parents of the teens to attend that group of support.

To know whether there is a Fresh Hope for Parents group in your area click on the “Find a Group” button.

If you are interested in starting a Fresh Hope for Parent’s group contact us at the International Fresh Hope office either by emailing: info@freshhope.us or calling 402.932.3089

 

Find a Group

This is the list of groups presently meeting:

Fresh Hope for Teens in Elkhorn, NE meets every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at Community of Grace Lutheran Church in Elkhorn.

If you are interested in starting a Fresh Hope for Teens group or a Fresh Hope for Parent’s group in your local area please contact email us at info@FreshHope.us or call us at 402.932.3089