Mental Health

Mental health issues in youth are gaining greater attention, as public awareness about mental health issues in general continues to increase.

These resources provide information on current mental health clinical trials, tools for educators, and free access to publications that focus on adolescent mental health.

  • Staying Healthy with HIV: Mental Health
    AIDSource, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
    The National Library of Medicine’s AIDSource provides in-depth clinical resources related to HIV and AIDS, including interactive tutorials, clinical resources, and updates on HIV/AIDS clinical trials. For providers seeing patients with HIV and AIDS, AIDSinfo has a mental health page that shares resources on various mental health issues that patients living with HIV/AIDS may experience. This site also provides HIV facts, statistics, and health care resources specifically for the general public, teenagers, health professionals, and researchers.
  • Teen Help
    This resource is a website that offers resources for teens, parents, and professionals working with teens in a number of various health and social service areas. Teen Help covers many areas within adolescent mental health, including stress, depression, and eating disorders.
  • Today is for Tomorrow
    This website designed by YTH provides information, tips, videos, and humorous links regarding a variety of health topics, including mental health and wellness. Teens have the option of signing up for weekly health tips delivered to their mobile phone and engaging in a Tumblr site that is also part of the Today is for Tomorrow initiative.
  • Teenage Health Freak
    Teenagehealthfreak.org is designed to educate teens about several topics in adolescent health, including mental health. Teenage Health Freak has a platform for teens to submit anonymous health questions that a medical doctor will answer, in addition to health quizzes to test teens’ knowledge about various health topics.
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    The AACAP offers detailed information on a number of child and adolescent mental health conditions, resources for youth to learn more about mental illness, and advice on how youth can become involved in youth mental health advocacy work.
  • Teen Mental Health
    This resource brought to you by the IWK Health Centre provides a wide range of resources related to adolescent mental health, including evidence-based programs, toolkits for clinicians, and mental health curriculums relevant to teens, parents, educators, and health professionals.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
    As an organization, NAMI strives to increase awareness, education, advocacy, research, and support for mental health initiatives. It provides information about current mental health policy issues, video testimonies from teenagers with diagnosed mental health conditions, and discussion groups for individuals with mental health conditions.
  • Accredited Schools Online
    This guidebook was created by Accredited Schools Online to help students and their families better understand the mental challenges that many students will face while in college, such as stress and anxiety, and how to properly deal with them.
  • MoneyGeek Guide to Student Loan Stress & Mental Health
    This guide will help the growing number of people dealing with the issues that may result from overwhelming debt, including: stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, substance abuse, and eating disorders.
  • College Guide for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities
    Those suffering from mental illness contend with a true disability that requires the support of their learning community. BestColleges.com published a College Guide for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities as a way to start a conversation about this issue. Their goal is to share this with as many students, families, and educators as possible.
  • Cyber Sensible Consulting
    This consultancy is dedicated to helping families manage tech use in their homes. Get online parenting tips, Internet safety step-by-step instruction and encouragement, see discussions with tweens and teens on their digital lives, advising them on how to be smart users of smart technology.
  • Health Guide for College
    Mental health among adolescents and young adults often carries with it a heavy stigma, and for the thousands affected by mental illnesses these misconceptions can directly affect their treatment and recovery. It was recently reported that one in four college aged students have a diagnosable mental illness, but less than half seek professional help. Many fear being labeled or outcast by their peers, and some are simply not aware of the resources available to them. These guides have education to dispel myths to help students get the care they need, so they may excel in their academic pursuits.
  • Parent’s Guide to Healthy Sleep – Healthy Sleep for Teenagers
    Sleep is crucial for people of all ages, but this matter is still too often overlooked for adolescents. Much of this can be attributed to circumstances that youth can’t control, such as the start of their school day, the numerous extracurricular and educational demands that are placed on them, and a lack of exercise factored into the school day. In fact, 90 percent of high school students don’t get the recommended amount of sleep on school nights. This guide from Tuck explores how parents can help to ensure that their youth can get enough rest, as well as the factors that are getting in the way of teens being able to get enough sleep.

 

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