#OK2TALK is a support group for middle and high school teens (ages 12-17) experiencing mental health issues who are looking for a safe, open and supportive place to share their challenges. Check out our teen support and toolkit pages!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an #OK2Talk teen support group?
#OK2Talk is an ongoing free support group for teens experiencing mental health challenges. The goal of the #OK2Talk Teen Support Group is to provide a safe structured environment in which teens can experience support, develop better coping skills and connect with other teens living with mental health conditions.
Who is providing this support group?
The #OK2Talk support group is a program developed by the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Austin, with funding from the St. David’s Foundation.
Is #OK2Talk a therapeutic group?
#OK2Talk is a support group and is not a therapy group. This group is not intended to replace professional mental health services but can serve as a supplement to therapeutic treatment.
Who facilitates this group?
The group will be facilitated two mental health professionals (one licensed and one under supervision) provided by NAMI Austin through a partnership with The Practice ATX.
If it’s not a therapy group, why are there licensed professionals in the group?
The role of the licensed professionals in facilitating the group is to guide the support group structure, to provide opportunities for skill building as well as to ensure the safety and well-being of the teens in the group.
Who is eligible to attend?
Any student, ages 12-17, experiencing mental health challenges. No diagnosis is necessary.
Is there a cost?
There is no cost to attend.
Is registration required?
Yes, registration is absolutely required. Teens interested in attending the support group should download, print and complete the registration form and return it to the #OK2Talk Program Director, Jessica Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org. She can also be reached at 512-420-9810 ext. 1003.
When and where will the group be held?
These groups will be held on-site in various middle and high schools and available to students of these schools. Please contact the #OK2Talk Program Director, Jessica Miller at email@example.com for a list of these sites.
What is the group size?
The group will be limited to 12 and registration is required.
Do teens have to attend weekly?
Teens attending group on a weekly basis will get the most benefit from the experience. Because it is a support group, participation is voluntary.
What rights does my child have to her/his confidentiality in this group?
The groups will be facilitated by licensed marriage and family therapist associates and licensed professional interns. This means that they uphold the highest level of confidentiality with the students who participate. They will not discuss the students’ information with school officials or parents unless there is a need to disclose for the child’s well being. According to the Texas Family Code Chapter 2614 and the Texas Administrative Code Chapter 801, therapists are required to disclose any abuse or neglect of children or elders. They will disclose any suspicion of self-harm or suicidal ideation and any imminent threat to others. In addition, according to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, parents have the legal right to access any documents or records the associates and interns keep about their child. Because this is a support group and not a therapeutic group, those records will be minimal and usually not specific to group members, but rather, will describe the group process.
Who do I contact if I want more information?
For additional information about other no-cost programming offered by NAMI Austin, additional resources or questions regarding this support group, contact NAMI Austin Program Director, Jessica Miller at 512-420-9810 ext. 1003 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This program is made possible by a grant from