Mental health is central to everyone’s well-being, particularly adolescents, teens, and young adults. Our youth are active in their communities where they initiate growth, lead and contribute. However, in many cases, some young people face additional challenges that can take a toll on their well-being, including suffering from mental illness. This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has chosen youth as the focus of World Mental Health Day 2018 with its theme, “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.”
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By now, you probably know that the Affordable Care Act allows young adults to remain on their parents’ health insurance until age 26. Thanks to this provision, an estimated 3 million young adults were able to gain or keep health insurance coverage. As a result, more young adults reported getting help for behavioral health conditions after the Affordable Care Act.
Over five million 14-to-24-year-olds in the U.S. are out of school and not working. In many cases, they face the additional challenges of being low-income, homeless, in foster care, or involved in the justice system. Today, in response, five federal agencies are coming together to offer communities support in overcoming the obstacles they face in achieving better outcomes for “disconnected youth,” and those at risk of becoming disconnected.
Tonight, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will host the 2014 Voice Awards at Royce Hall on the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus. If you’re not in the Los Angeles area and unable to attend the event in person, you can still watch the action live! The event will be live-streamed from 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET (7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. PT).
When young adults with mental health challenges turn 18, they sometimes receive an unwelcome message: the news that they’re no longer eligible for services through the children’s mental health services system. Unfortunately, without proper support, many of these youth may fall through the cracks in the process of becoming an adult.Several myths contribute to the problem:
By: Lisa Rubenstein, Government Project Officer, Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services AdministrationToday, at the 2014 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) national launch event, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is shining a light on the importance of peer support for young adults with behavioral health conditions. This year’s event is focusing on youth and young adults (ages 16-25) who have mental and/or substance use disorders.