- 2020 Children's Mental Health Report
- Active Minds
- Adolescent Peer Support League
- How to Overcome Test Anxiety in College
- Mental Health America - Life on Campus Guide
- Promoting Student Mental Health
- Student Mental Health: A Guide to Identifying Disorders and Promoting Wellness
- The Jed Foundation
The current generation of teens and young adults (aged 14-24 years old) can find themselves facing various stressors at home, school and within their community. Issues like bullying and the mental, physical and mental impacts of school shootings as well as the COVID0-19 pandemic have added additional mental health concerns and contributed to an increasing mental health crisis. At least half (50%) of mental health issues begin by age 14 and 75% of those same issues begin by age 24.1 Even though this generation seems more open to discussing mental health and breaking stigmas, 67% of people aged 18-24 with anxiety or depression still do not seek treatment.1 ADAA to provides effective resources and education to ensure that the younger generation is supported. Learn more about the different mental health resources and support options available in the community. Please also share your story to help #breakthestigma around mental health.
- Finding the Right Support
- Understanding How Social Media Can Cause Anxiety
- Managing Covid-19 Impact on Teens
- Addressing the Sexual Violence Crisis on Campuses
Teens and young adults are often more open to discussing mental health concerns and seek resources and welcoming communities to join that encourage conversations around mental health and wellness. Support can come from caring and engaging family members, friends, or school counselors. In addition, the following organizations specifically cater to the mental health needs of teens and young adults:
- Join ADAA's Free Online Peer to Peer English Community.
- Join ADAA Grupo de Apoyo en Línea.
- Other national support groups: Click here.
- Visit ADAA’s Treatment Help webpage
- Visit ADAA's Find-A-Therapist Directory for mental health providers that are ADAA professional members.
- Visit ADAA's list of Telemental Health Providers for a list of ADAA professional providers.
Additional ADAA Resources
Teenagers and college students are spending more and more time on social media. Many studies in recent years have found that suicidal thoughts and depression have increased in teenagers, notably among those who use electronic devices for many hours a day. Suicide is actually the second leading cause of death among young adults.1 Additionally, sleeplessness, loneliness, worry, and dependence have risen.3
Here are suggestions for protecting your mental health while using social media:
- Limit your time on social media platforms. Apple and Google have settings to help you do this automatically on your phone.
- Consider what sites and profiles you visit; leave or unfollow a profile/page/site if it is making you feel worse.
- Before you post something about yourself or someone else, consider if you would make this comment in an in-person setting. Remember that what you post will be very hard to take back or remove.
- Remember that what people post, or what you see, may not be honest or real presentations of their experiences or lives.
- Tell an adult you trust — a parent, teacher, or school counselor — immediately if a friend is posting content that worries you or suggests that they may be in a serious situation.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) also provides some tips on how best to use social media.4
Check out ADAA's Infographic: Tips to Help Teens Manage Social Media Anxiety
According to a study by researchers at Texas A&M University, 71% of the interviewed students reported: “increased stress and anxiety due to the COVID-19 outbreak.”5 Anxiety was related to fear and worry for the health of others and themselves, changes in sleeping patterns, academic performance, and more.
Below are resources to help manage increased anxiety, depression, or other feelings due to the pandemic:
- National Suicidal Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-271-8255, Text “START” for the Crisis Text Line.
- Many universities have Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), where students might have access to therapy, support groups, and crisis response. Look on your school’s website or contact a campus administrator to find out if your university offers these services.
- University of Michigan: Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic as a College Student provides useful tips for college students dealing with changes to their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Mental Health Resources For Adolescents and Young Adults lists resources such as apps, helplines, and advocacy for mental health for young adults. and adolescents.
Sexual assault is prevalent on college campuses but oftentimes not reported to law enforcement. Sexual violence affects millions of Americans, but the majority of victims are those between 12 to 34 years old.6 Following sexual violence, victims can experience long-term mental health effects.
Resources for victims of sexual assault:
- The National Sexual Assault Hotline is confidential and available 24/7.
- End Rape on Campus (EROC) helps survivors of campus sexual assault by providing resources, education, and policy reform.
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC).
- Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800.273.8255.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800.799.7233.
- National Resources for Survivors and Loved Ones by Demographic (RAINN.org) provides a list of resources and information.
- Be Elite, May 2022
- Changing the Future of Mental Health and Athletics, 2021
- You're the Real Badass, 2021
- It's Not All in My Head, 2021
- Living with 2020 Vision, 2021
- Open Doors, 2020
- My OCD Story, 2020
- Kennedy's Story, 2019
- Obsessed with Control - Personal Story of Triumph
- Depression Among College Students, ADAA On-Demand webinar with JED Foundation
- Engaging Children and Teens in Telemental Health, ADAA On-Demand webinar with ADAA Member Mary Alvord, PhD
- Created for students, "Glass People" illustrates college-age anxiety and the great value of finding professional help. The filmmakers, John Berardo and Brian Frager are students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
- 5 Tips for Navigating the Stress and Anxiety in College, blog post by ADAA Member Kathariya Mokrue, PhD.
- 7 Ways to Seek Therapy Without Breaking the Bank, blog post by ADAA Member Dominique Apollon, MEd, LCPC, NCC.
- Depression Among College Students, blog post written by Erica Riba and Diana Cusumano, JED Foundation.
- Obsessed with Control - Personal Story of Triumph.
- University of Fear and Anxiety: How to Pass your Freshman Year of College, blog post by ADAA Member Ken Goodman, LCSW.
- Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens: A Workbook to Break the Nine Thought Habits That Are Holding You Back by ADAA Member Mary Alvord, PhD
- Find Your Fierce: How to Put Social Anxiety in Its Place by ADAA Member Jacqueline Sperling, PhD
- Most College Students Suffer From Anxiety, It’s Time To Talk About It by ADAA Member Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP
- Parenting a Troubled Teen: Manage Conflict and Deal with Intense Emotions Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by ADAA Member Patricia E. Zurita Ona, PsyD
- Rewire Your Anxious Brain for Teens: Using CBT, Neuroscience, and Mindfulness to Help You End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry by ADAA Members Debra Kissen, PhD, and Micah Ioffe, PhD
- The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry, and Panic by ADAA Member Jennifer Shannon, MA, LMFT
- The OCD Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and CBT Skills to Help You Overcome Unwanted Thoughts and Compulsions by ADAA Member Jon Hershfield, MFT
- The Worry Workbook for Teens: Effective CBT Strategies to Break the Cycle of Chronic Worry and Anxiety by ADAA Member Jamie A. Micco, PhD
- Your Amazing Teen Brain: CBT and Neuroscience Skills to Stress Less, Balance Emotions, and Strengthen Your Growing Mind, by ADAA Member Elisa Nebolsine, LCSW
- More than 70% of teens report worse mental health compared to before COVID: survey. Global News. June 2022
- Teenage Mental Health Grades Are Failing. What Should Be Done?, Forbes, May 2022
- Teens in Distress Are Swamping Pediatricians, NYTimes, May 2022
- On the Phone, Alone, NYTimes, May 2022
- Mental health experts offer advice on how to find help for children, teens, CBS New York, May 2022
- Is Teen Mental Health in a State of Crisis?, NYTimes, May 2022
- Are the Kids All Right? How Series Can Better Represent Teen Mental Health On Screen, Variety.com, May 2022
- How does social media affect teenagers? Understanding the mental health impact — and why it's not all bad, Insider.com, May 2022
- Teenagers in The Times: May 2022, NYTimes. May 2022
- How to Help Teens Struggling With Mental Health, NYTimes, April 2022
- Mental Health Days for Students Are the First Step in Reforming Youth Health Care, Teen Vogue, February 2022
- State by state, here's how well schools are doing at supporting kids' mental health, NPR, February 2022
- Behind Closed Bedroom Doors, a Teenage Mental Health Crisis is Brewing. The Guardian, 2021
- Fixing the Children’s Mental Health Crisis: It Takes a Community, US News and World Report, 2021
- Students Face Worsening Mental Health, But How Will Schools Handle It? Teen Vogue, 2021
- You Don't Have To Be An Olympian To Prioritize Your Mental Health, NPR, 2021
- Active Minds. (2022) Statistics. https://www.activeminds.org/about-mental-health/statistics/.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). (2021). Warning Signs and Symptoms. NAMI.org. https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Warning-Signs-and-Symptoms.
- Harvard Graduate School of Education (Harvard GSE). (2017). Social Media and Teen Anxiety. GSE.harvard.edu. https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/17/12/social-media-and-teen-anxiety.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). (2021). Social Media and Mental Health; Suggestions For Protecting Your Mental Health. NAMI.org. https://www.nami.org/Your-Journey/Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults/Teens/Social-Media-and-Mental-Health.f
- The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). (2020, September). Effects of COVID-19 on College Students’ Mental Health in the United States: Interview Survey Study. NCBI.gov. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7473764/.
- Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). (n.d.) Victims of Sexual Violence: Statistics. RAINN.org. https://www.rainn.org/statistics/victims-sexual-violence.