Pivoting Pathways: NLCC & Mental Health

Pivoting Pathways: NLCC and Mental Health

North Light has partnered with Pivoting Pathways and Northern Children’s Services to emphasize the importance of mental health and coping skills with our campers. Read on for more from Pivoting Pathways and stay tuned for information from Northern Children’s Services.

Kim Ochester, Pivoting Pathways

Pivoting Pathways offers “Traditional Services in Nontraditional Platforms” and has had the opportunity to get to know some of the kiddos here at North Light. Meeting with two different age groups weekly, we have created a curriculum around the specific targeted needs of these kiddos with the mission of providing essential tools and life skills that will help them throughout their life time.  This summer’s curriculum began with discussions about what the group would consist of, followed by conversations about the importance of emotional expression and emotional intelligence in a way which our groups can understand. We identified our coping skills (things we do to help us calm down when angry or upset) and challenged each other to try new ones that work for us. This past week we focused on anger being a feeling we all face, but must choose to work through in healthy ways so we don’t face negative consequences.  Pivoting Pathways realizes our kiddos are growing up in a challenging world and we want to help equip them with the skills to navigate these difficulties to the best of their abilities.  We often care for our physical health and forget to actively address our mental health, which can catch up with us and negatively impact us in the long run.  Pivoting Pathways is here to remind us that Mental Health Matters and to seek help and support in any time of need.

Here an activity we’ve done in group that you can try with your kiddos at home!

Take a deep breath to begin. 

5 – LOOK: Look around for 5 things that you can see, and say them out loud.

4 – FEEL: Pay attention to your body and think of 4 things that you can feel, and say them out loud.

3 – LISTEN: Listen for 3 sounds – Say them out loud.

2 – SMELL: Say two things you can smell – If you can’t smell anything at the moment or you can’t move, then name your 2 favorite smells.

1 – TASTE: Say one thing you can taste- if you can’t taste anything, then say your favorite thing to taste.

Take another deep breath to end.

This activity helps ground us (bring us back to the moment) so that we can regroup and move forward.

Important Numbers:
24/Hr Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention Service 215-686-4420
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK(8255)
Red Nacional de Prevenci’on del Suicidio 1-888-628-9454

For more information on Pivoting Pathways and how they can help you and your family, call Kim at 215-686-4420 or North Light at 215-483-4800.

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