Resources for Teens

Managing a Mental Health Condition in College

College means new freedoms and new opportunities. Making the transition to college isn’t easy for anyone. Classes will be more difficult than high school and you have to plan ahead and motivate yourself to study. Plus you may have the new and stressful experience of living with a randomly-assigned roommate. All these things can impact your mental health. To make sure you succeed in college, know where to find support and how to put your best foot forward. Read more ›

How One Teen Handles Anxiety Disorder Through the Pandemic

NPR host Sarah McCammon interviews Mira, a Michigan teen with generalized anxiety disorder, who shares her struggles and coping strategies in this 4-minute podcast. Read more ›

Young Voter’s Guide to Social Media and the News [web resource]

Millions of young voters are gearing up to vote in November—many for the first time—but feeling overwhelmed by the constant barrage of information on social media. Read more ›

Eating Disorders Thrive In Anxious Times, And Pose A Lethal Threat

Eating disorders are thriving during the pandemic. Hotline calls to the National Eating Disorders Association are up 70-80% in recent months. For many, eating is a form of control — a coping mechanism tied to stress. Food scarcity and stockpiling behavior can trigger anxieties about eating, or overeating among some. Read more ›

American Library Association Recognizes Books for Their Portrayal of the Disability Experience

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of the 2020 Schneider Family Book Awards, which honor an author or illustrator for the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Read more ›

Teen Depression: The Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Teen depression is a serious medical illness. It’s more than just a feeling of being sad or “blue” for a few days. It is an intense feeling of sadness, hopelessness, and anger or frustration that lasts much longer. These feelings make it hard for you to function normally and do your usual activities. You may also have trouble focusing and have no motivation or energy. Depression can make you feel like it is hard to enjoy life or even get through the day. Read more ›

5 Things You Should Know About Stress [downloadable]

Everyone feels stressed from time to time, but what is stress? How does it affect your overall health? And what can you do to manage your stress? Read more ›

Eating Disorders Resource Center [web resource]

While eating disorders can affect people of all ages, teens and young adults are often most susceptible. In addition to biological and psychological risk factors, middle and high school students are highly influenced by peer pressure, the thin ideal set by the media, and the desire to be popular. Read more ›

Getting the Right Start: Student Guide to Mental Health [downloadable]

Did you know that 1 in 5 youth and young adults lives with a mental health condition? The Student Guide to Mental Health Fact Sheet from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) lists the common warning signs that something is amiss and explains the steps to take if you are worried. Read more ›

Seize the Awkward — How to Talk with a Friend Who’s Struggling [video] [downloadable]

Talking to your friend about mental health can be scary – but reaching out when you’re feeling down or when you see a friend struggling can make a huge difference. Read more ›

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