Resources for Students

“In a world of algorithms, hashtags, and followers, know the true importance of human connection.”

Sandra V.

Connection is vital, and many of us, especially now, are lacking meaningful human interaction. We want to help fill this gap, because more connection leads to improved mental wellness — for everyone. Just a quick check in might be what you need to turn your day around. There are caring people waiting to hear from you if you have an urgent question. Just click the link above. If you’re looking for different types of connections, keep scrolling to find these down below. AND, please stay tuned for Teen Talks, virtual chat sessions with helpful information where you can connect with your peers in other schools, on camera, off-camera, or anonymously.

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Healthy Snacking

Our food choices matter and now, more than ever before, we find ourselves close to the kitchen almost always. Snacking is on the rise. Click here to find some easy, healthy, new recipes you can try at home.


Even if the pandemic has prevented us from being as active as we normally are, there are still many ways we can stay fit. Click here to learn of new routines, tips, information, and more.

School and Study Tips

Online school is a challenge. Here we give tips and tricks that are working for us. Some might help you to get your work done quickly and efficiently, so you have time for other things, others may just make you feel better at your desk.


Sleep health is on the decline, and many of us are feeling it. It is no secret a good night’s sleep is valuable for mental and physical wellbeing. Need some advice? Start here.

Social Justice

Social media has been a great way to learn more about inequity and what people are doing to combat it. But, it is often overwhelming and sometimes inaccurate. What do we need to know, and what can we can we do? 


With a hectic schedule many of us forget to take care of ourselves. Here you will find simple tips and tricks for self-care, as well as relevant resources to promote personal health, both mentally and physically.


when you’re too young for half the things you want to do and too old for the other half

In your school, your guidance counselors are available to help. While it may feel intimidating to reach out, they are trained to help you and will listen and make suggestions that can improve your life today and your life in the future. If you don’t feel comfortable, you can always text 2nd floor at 888.222.2228

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The Y Wellness Initiative is a nonprofit organization through the Ridgewood YMCA, serving many communities in Bergen and Passaic Counties. Our mission is to positively impact mental wellness through services, education, prevention and support.

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