Health and Wellness

Our health and wellness programs promote personal responsibility, healthy relationships, and improved quality of life while destigmatizing mental health services and decreasing instances of substance abuse. Through these services individuals may benefit from a decrease in anxiety, depression, and aggression while also being able to recognize opportunities for growth, introspection, self-awareness, and autonomy.

Therapy and Counseling Services

We have partnered with BetterHelp to bring free and reduced therapy to the students and families who seek our services. By doing so we allow them access to confidential care in a format they feel most comfortable with no matter where they are in life. Signing up for services is easy! Just complete this short intake form and you will be sent access to the BetterHelp portal. You will work directly with your therapist or counselor and your information will never be shared with BYE.

Mental Health First Aid and Peer Support groups

We also offer Peer Support Group, Mental Health First Aid, and Teen Mental Health First Aid which helps to increase awareness and support among the youth we serve and their peers which intensifies our impact.

Mental health first aid, offered via the BYE and the Ohio Mental Health First Aid Collaborative, trains adults on how to recognize and respond to crises or signs of mental health or substance abuse challenges in youth and adults.

Teen mental health first aid, offered via BYE and the Ohio Mental Health First Aid Collaborative, trains adolescents on how to recognize and respond to a peer in crisis, as well as resources that might be available to them or a friend if they find themselves in such a situation.

Peer support groups create a platform to allow youth an outlet as well as a support network in a comfortable and familiar environment. Peer support empowers people to make the best decisions for themselves and to strive towards their goals in their communities.

According to Mental Health America, Peer support has been shown to:

  • Improve quality of life,
  • Improve engagement and satisfaction with services and supports,
  • Improve whole health, including chronic conditions like diabetes,
  • Decrease hospitalizations and inpatient days, and
  • Reduce the overall cost of services.

Certification and Prevention Education

The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is a statewide initiative aimed at reducing teen pregnancy, HIV, and sexually transmitted infections in youth 14-21 years of age residing in foster care and the juvenile justice systems in Ohio. The PREP evidence-based curriculum is also designed to give youth additional skills they need to successfully transition to adulthood. Topics include healthy relationships, financial literacy, and career-building.

BYE offers AHA BLS, first-aid, and life saver courses to youth and their families to enable them to respond in emergency situations and save lives.

Other Assistance

Families in need of assistance can request resources from BYE virtual food pantry. To be eligible families must have a student enrolled with Cincinnati Public Schools.