The Elephant On My Kid’s Chest A Life Night on Depression and Anxiety Disorders for Parents About This Life Night During the Gather, parents socialize and participate in a small group discussion. The Proclaim discusses anxiety and depression disorders and offers ideas on how to help children who may be struggling. The Break gives the parents an opportunity to write a letter to Jesus about their greatest fears for their child(ren) and offering them to His care. During the Send, parents light a candle and say an intercessory prayer for the needs of their child(ren). Goal of This Night To teach parents the symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders, reduce the stigma of a diagnosis, and explore resources and practical steps to help teens who are struggling. Scripture Deuteronomy 31:8 Isaiah 41:10 Matthew 6:26 -34 Matthew 26:38 -39 Key Concepts – Anxiety and depression disorders are common, and the symptoms can be alleviated. Hope and fullness of life can be found for those who are suffering. – If your teen, or a teen you know, is experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, help and resources can be found by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1- 800-273-8255). Even if the teen is not having thoughts of suicide, there are trained mental health professionals available 24/7 to answer calls. – Parents can empathize and normalize the struggle of their teens by offering them a safe place to take their uncertainty, being vulnerable about the tough times in their lives, and leading with an example of faith and prayer. End of Free Preview Thanks for reviewing this Life Night! If you would like the full version of this resource please sign in. If you are signed in and still can't download this resource, please contact parish support in the chat below.