Young Adult Mental Health


This Child Trends report presents the warning signs of mental disorders and describes the types, prevalence, risks, and treatment options for various mental disorders most common in adolescence.
The APA's Developing Adolescents presents, in an accessible way, research findings on the cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and behavioral aspects of “normal” adolescent development to help guide professionals working with adolescents in many different contexts.
Developed by AACAP's Youth Advisory Group, made up of youth and young adults, this Tip Sheet provides guidance for how child and adolescent psychiatrists can more effectively communicate and partner with young people. Also helpful for parents and caregivers.

Websites OK2Talk provides a safe and moderated space for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems to voice their personal experiences of recovery, tragedy, struggle, or hope through poetry, inspirational quotes, videos, photos, and messages. Resources for immediate help or assistance for oneself or for others are available. Content is also available in Spanish. is a conglomerate of learning, training, assessment, and advocacy resources and tools on mental health issues based on the best scientific evidence available and tailored towards teens with mental health disorders, their peers, parents, educators, and health professionals.

US DHHS Office of Adolescent Health: The Office of Adolescent Health, under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, coordinates efforts related to adolescent health promotion and disease prevention. The Mental Health page consists of general overviews of adolescent mental health disorders, the prevalence of mental health disorders by state, and resources to access care and support positive mental health development.

Child Mind Institute: Child Mind Institute focuses on clinical care for youth and families, research on healthy brain development and effective treatments for youth psychiatric and learning disorders, educational information and resources for parents, and advocacy to destigmatize youth psychiatric disorders and to expand access to effective care.

KidsHealth Teen Page: The KidsHealth Teen Page is an interactive website for teens that focuses on healthy physical and emotional development and on strategies for having positive social interactions and maintaining academic success. Illnesses, injuries, and treatments are explained in understandable language and all content is available in Spanish.  

AACAP Youth Resources: AACAP Youth Resources encourages youth voice and consumer empowerment. The site provides tools for youth by youth, information on youth organizations focused on mental health issues, educational and support material for youth, their families, and health professionals, and ways to get involved in advocacy activities.

Minding Your Mind: Minding Your Mind provides mental health education to adolescents, teens and young adults, their parents, teachers and school administrators. The site includes information regarding signs and symptoms of mental health disorders while stressing that they are treatable and treatment is available.

Half Of Us: The Half Of Us site provides resources for young people searching for tips to improve their emotional health, worried about a potential mental health problem, looking to help a friend or interested in becoming an advocate.

Active Minds: Active Minds is a peer-to-peer organization dedicated to raising awareness about mental health among college students. The organization serves as the young adult voice in mental health advocacy on over one hundred college campuses nationwide.

The Jed Foundation Students Page: The Jed Foundation Students Page provides programs and resources for teens and young adults


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