For the 2019-2020 school year, Allina Health’s Change to Chill (CTC) School Partnership has expanded to include 16 new area high schools, in addition to providing continued support to schools that participated in the Partnership last year. Braham Area High School is one of the 16 schools that were selected.

“Allina Health, through its CTC program, is helping teens manage stress, improve their mental well-being and build resiliency,” said Susan Nygaard, Allina Health’s Manager of Community Health Improvement. “CTC empowers teens to identify what is causing them stress and provides them with the tools, resources and confidence to care for their mental well-being.”

First launched during the 2018-2019 school year, the CTC School Partnership offers a unique opportunity for high schools to receive hands-on support from Allina Health to implement the CTC program. The Partnership provides selected schools with yearlong support from Allina Health, centered around student leadership, including a paid summer internship for high schoolers to plan the implementation of the program in their unique high school setting, a train the trainer session tailored to school staff, outreach and engagement with parents, and $1,000 towards creating a “Chill Zone” - a designated student space to de-stress in each high school.

The kickoff to the 2019-2020 CTC School Partnership is Chill Week, a themed activity week structured to mimic a traditional homecoming week centered around CTC topics like mindfulness, self-care, guided imagery and practicing gratitude. Student summer interns selected the themed days and corresponding activities for Chill Week and are leading the program kickoff in each of their high schools. Participating schools will be implementing Chill Week the week of September 16-20.

Change to Chill offers three key components: free, online mental well-being resources, community train-the-trainer sessions, and the CTC School Partnership. Reaching more than 100,000 teens across Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, CTC is helping teens learn how to stress less and be well, building healthier, more resilient communities.

The Change to Chill resources are free, easy to use and include ready-to-use lessons, activities, videos and digital collateral. Schools and communities interested in a training can submit a request form or email changetochill@allina.com with questions.

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