This blog post reviews data on young people’s mental health and outlines specific policy change recommendations, including youth mobile crisis response services, youth peer support, app- and text-based telehealth, increasing capacity of community-based organizations, culturally-responsive ACEs screening and trauma-informed care, and growing the behavioral workforce pipeline.
Unlocking Transformation and Healing: Policy options for accessible youth and young adult mental health care – CLASP
CLASP’s youth and young adult mental health framework calls for policies that increase access to healing, transformative mental health supports. CLASP has collaborated with partners over 2019 and 2020 to advance systems and policy changes supporting well-being for transition-age youth (ages 16-17) and young adults (ages 18-25). Through this work, they identified a set of…
This brief from CLASP offers a set of principles policymakers and other stakeholders can consider as they implement ARPA’s mental health provisions. It provides an overview of opportunities within the law to address mental health needs, and suggests immediate and longer-term policy recommendations that help to lift the longstanding barriers people of color and other…
Decades of research have demonstrated the effectiveness of social and emotional learning (SEL) for supporting students’ academics, behaviors, mental health, and long-term success. The ARP’s historic levels of K-12 dollars offer a critical opportunity to invest in a long-term foundation for evidence-based, systemic implementation of SEL that fully supports students and schools through the pandemic…
It’s hard to know where or how to start sometimes. If you are interested in learning more about evidence-based SEL programs, this guide is a great place to start. Research shows that well-implemented, evidence-based SEL programs are the most effective way to support young people’s success and well-being in school and beyond. This consumer report-style…
A Developmental Framework for the Integration of Social and Emotional Learning and Career and Workforce Development – CASEL
Workforce development programs can benefit greatly from integrating social and emotional learning into their programs. This article provides a framework for how states can systematically integrate SEL and workforce development.
This is the official declaration of the national emergency, stemming from soaring rates of mental health needs during the pandemic, but not limited to the pandemic. It includes a list of necessary steps for support.
Mental Health, Suicidality, and Connectedness Among High School Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Adolescent behaviors and experiences survey, United States, January – June 2021 – CDC
This research follows a nationwide survey of adolescents on their mental health and suicidality during the pandemic. The research takes a particular look at feelings of connectedness, either in person or virtually and how those affect well-being.
80% of parents are concerned about the mental health of their children. This infographic from The Hopeful Futures Campaign features data from a national survey on public perceptions of mental health, especially among youth. The survey results dive into support for solutions.
We Have Essentially Turned a Blind Eye to Our Own Children for Decades: Why we need to stop politicizing children’s mental health – The Washington Post
This thorough article examines who is affected by the child and youth mental health crisis, research into causes, and opportunities to address it.