77 Public Health Resources for Addressing Youth Mental Health
March 28, 2021
Mental illnesses are inextricably linked to all other physical health outcomes and disease burdens across societies. Depression, anxiety and other psychological disorders can lead to rising youth suicide rates and other severe comorbidities that affect entire communities, especially during a global pandemic.
Symptoms of mental health concerns typically develop between ages 12 and 24, but most mental illnesses aren’t diagnosed until later in life (PDF, 135 KB). Proactively addressing youth mental health concerns is a pressing matter for communities worldwide, and public health professionals are uniquely poised to help. Whether they work in schools, clinics, community centers or nonprofits, public health professionals who are attuned to the mental health needs of children and adolescents can effectively identify and address concerns and consult organizations on practices that best contribute to young people’s development.
Use the links below to navigate the mental health resources for professionals, parents and children in need of support.
Warmline Directory (PDF, 271 KB), National Alliance on Mental Illness: list of national and state-level warmlines, which are peer-run phone lines offering emotional support from volunteers for individuals seeking help but not having an emergency.