What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many young people today are struggling with issues they just don’t know how to handle. Whether it’s bullying, anxiety, self-image, sexual identity, depression, addictions and the list continues. What we recognize is that waiting until they are “all grown up” is not the answer and that how they are coping today will directly affect their future. Another thing we now realize is that children and teens ARE forming an identity and they will show up in the world “embodying” that identity. If that identity is based on feeling different, less than, invisible, unimportant or helpless then they will function from that perspective. And this then becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

As parents the challenge is knowing how to help. At a time when young people are seeking greater and greater independence knowing when to get involved or take action is really hard.

  • Are you worried about your child/teenager and their sense of value or self-esteem?
  • Have they shut you out, or are they withdrawing or isolating?
  • Have some things changed significantly like school performance, activities or friends?
These questions focus on both feelings and actions. We often have to discern how youth think or feel by their behavior. It’s okay to do this because it’s far more important to not miss the signals, than to guess wrong. If you think there is a problem, call and have a conversation with us. Even if you feel guilty about where your relationship is at, it doesn’t negate your concern. By reaching out to us you may discover some things that will help.
Prime Potential directly addresses the issues of identity and self-image. It also addresses the past – the hurts, disappointments and losses, and uses a process that clears the backlog of issues like a computer rebooting, creating a fresh start. It offers youth an opportunity to understand and connect with themselves as whole, valuable and full of potential. Establishing this solid foundation will allow them to move forward in life with strength and confidence.
Life is going good and everyday I am noticing improvements big and small. It’s an ongoing process but I am continuously aware of my authentic identity and am always working past the difficulties. Overall I’m noticing my positive attitude change drastically. I’m feeling a lot better about myself, and who I am in general. I’m still working on the procrastination and over thinking, but when I look back from where I started since I’ve moved to Vancouver, and where I’m at now, I’ve done so much and have accomplished so much as well. I can’t thank you enough for everything, you really have changed my life. 🙂

Realizing my depression, and what had become ‘normal’ in my life was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. It was the end of 9th grade when I started to realize that feeling what I had felt for the last 2 years of my life wasn’t normal. It wasn’t okay, and I wanted to do something about it. For 2 years I had struggled with feeling as if I was in a glass bubble, simply floating through life. I was unable to get up in the morning, I slept for what seemed like days on end but non the less was tired, and I was filled with a sense of boredom in all things that used to make me happy. I found myself tight with anxiety for hours, with what seemed like a building of crushing weight on my shoulders. The day I talked to my Mom about these feelings was the day I realize how not normal it all sounded. Saying my feelings and anxieties out loud was what it took for myself to realize, that I wanted to change, I wanted help, and I wanted to feel myself again.

Thankfully, I was lucky enough through all of this to have been introduced to the Prime Potential program, which I found completely and whole-heartedly life changing. Coming into the program, I didn’t know what to expect. I was anxious, and extremely pessimistic about the idea of talking about my feelings in hopes of getting better. The hardest thing for me was talking about myself, to who was at first a stranger in my life. The Prime Potential program I soon realized was a crazy amazing program that would change my headspace forever. It’s been awesome to see myself change and evolve into the person I am today, in opposition to my younger self that had silently accepted a sense of self that was not my own. Changes didn’t happen over night, but sometimes realizing you want to change, and want to get better, is the best thing you can do for yourself.

Kaileigh B

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