FSGC helps struggling teens connect to 24/7 resource

7 Cups logo smallFor teens, stressors and struggles don’t always arise between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. That’s why Family Service & Guidance Center is partnering with 7 Cups, a safe, confidential and free support smartphone app and website for Shawnee County young people ages 13-17.

“Our goal is to meet kids where they’re at,” said Abby Callis, Psy.D. “Sometimes problems come up at 3 a.m. Some kids don’t want to talk to their parents or a school counselor. A lot of teens are most comfortable messaging on their phone or laptop. 7 Cups gives them options.”

7 Cups provides one-on-one messaging with a trained listener available 24/7. It offers a listening ear and strategies that help teens address a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, loneliness, bullying and all kinds of stress. There are wellness tests; helpful exercises, games and activities; and short videos.

Any Shawnee County 13- to 17-year-old can use 7 Cups at no charge, and it’s easy to set up.

  • Teens can download the app to their smartphones.
  • Enter the organization code “TALK.”

That’s it! From there, they’ll have access to a broad range of mental health and wellness resources.

The site was founded by a licensed psychologist and is staffed by trained listeners. Since 2013, 7 Cups has helped millions of people in over 51 million conversations.

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Did you know?

FSGC’s Families Supporting Recovery is a collaboration with the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. IDDT treats teens with both mental health issues and substance use problems, addressing both at the same time. FSGC is the only mental health provider in the country that provides this innovative treatment.