Youth mental health encompasses emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It tends to get a boost from healthy youth development activities, including positive peer and adult relationships, community engagement, and change adaptation skills. Pandemic stressors have interrupted many of these opportunities: it’s urgent that we engage youth now in rebuilding and nurturing their mental health.
The Search Institute led some of the earliest research and theory around youth resilience with their 40 Developmental Assets. More recently, its developmental relationships framework identifies five elements and 20 actions that build youth resilience and advance equity for young people from marginalized communities.
This guide from the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, is for adults who deliver school- and community-based or one-on-one programs to young people. It includes user-friendly facilitator checklists for before, during, and after program delivery.
This is a searchable database of resources to help teens and young adults make a successful transition to adulthood from a respected nonprofit leader in emotional health and suicide prevention.
This campaign created by WETA-TV public television in Washington, D.C. links to national mental health resources and toolkits from around the country for promoting youth mental health. A story wall for young people and adult advocates works to demystify and destigmatize physical and mental health issues through storytelling.
This guide from the National Mentoring Partnership offers resources to adult mentors supporting youth recovering from trauma. Topics include: a mentor’s role in these conversations, effective communication, providing support, and strategies for facilitating group and community conversations about violence and trauma.