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Issue Briefs

Adapting Youth Engagement & Youth Peer Support During a Pandemic

This issue brief highlights strategies to support and engage youth and young adults during the pandemic. COVID-19 is a high-risk disease that has had a significant impact on the mental health and overall well-being of youth and young adults aged 16-25.

The Role & Value of Medication

This issue brief explores how medication can be one effective tool for managing health, mental health, and substance use challenges. When deciding to take medication, youth and young adults can identify a list of people to have on their team to support them in this process. 

Support of Youth & Young Adults During the Transition Years

This issue brief reflects on the results of a national survey of families with a youth or young adult with behavioral health needs and span topics including financial support, crisis response, and situations surrounding living with family. 

Explaining the Ticket to Work Program 

Millions of youth and young adults receive Social Security (SS) benefits in the United State. In 2021, the average monthly payment for youth under the age of 18 was $687, and $617 for ages 18-64, which includes transition aged youth and young adults. The federal poverty level for a single person household in the US in 2021? $12,880. That means that young people with disabilities face considerably higher rates of poverty, and many end up seeking work while receiving benefits to survive. However, due to restrictions in how much beneficiaries are allowed to earn in additional income without losing their financial and healthcare SS benefits, there is often a lot of fear in trying to pursue work. Additionally, stigma and discrimination exists for disabled people receiving benefits.

How to Help Yourself Transition to Adulthood

This document is a collection of information directly for young adults who are navigating the transition to adulthood. Within this document you will find information on developing natural supports, tips on asking for help and building relationships, goal planning, healthcare & self-care, tips for accessing traditional services, and getting involved in your community.

Strategic Sharing

The stories and experiences of youth peer support providers are valuable and essential to fostering connection, especially when they are used strategically. When sharing strategically, someone who is speaking can feel a sense of accomplishment by connecting with their audience, and the audience is more likely to feel comfortable- welcoming the message being delivered.

Mental Health Tip Sheet for Educators

Many people experience the onset of serious mental illness or substance use disorder during adolescence and early adulthood, with 50% of psychiatric conditions appearing before the age of 14, and nearly 75% before the age of 25. Although the onset of mental illness peaks during the transition years, utilization of mental health services declines sharply during this time and many young people do not access the treatment they need. The prevalence of mental illness among youth and young adults are at historic highs and have recently been exacerbated by the COVID19 pandemic

Youth Program Startup Guide

Setting up an effective youth voice & lived-experience program.
As the youth movement continues to expand, there has been an increased interest in youth voice and youth engagement strategies nationwide. Adult systems often provide services which do not align with the clinical profiles of youth and young adults, negatively impacting young peoples’ ability to engage in mental health care (Rickwood, Deane, & Wilson, 2007; Pottick, Warner, Stoep, & Knight, 2013). When experiencing personal challenges, youth and young adults tend to seek informal supports such as friends, family, or other significant adults, rather than from traditional mental health professionals (Rickwood, et al., 2007). Because existing services and systems may not adequately attract, engage, and serve young people, there has been an emergence of youth-run programs and organizations

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