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The terrible toll of COVID-19 on youth mental health

By Dr. Stephanie McGencey, American Youth Policy Forum The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a terrible toll on the health and well-being of youth and young adults. Already alarming rates of depression, suicide, and anxiety are exacerbated by the isolation, contact restrictions, and economic challenges brought on by the pandemic. Black, Indigenous, and other youth of color (BIYOC); youth involved in the […]

The State of Young People during COVID-19 Infographic

By America’s Promise Alliance Findings from a nationally representative survey of high school students. The survey of 3,300 young people aged 13-19 was conducted by the Center of Promise at America’s Promise Alliance in late April and early May 2020; two thirds of the respondents had been out of school for more than four weeks. […]

COVID-19 resources from the Chronicle

Keeping pace with the coronavirus has proved to be a difficult task, and one that we’ve covered in a mentoring context repeatedly. In order to help in whatever way possible, we hope that this collection of resources that we’ve posted along with others make a difference in your life. If you’d like to suggest a […]

Woman with phone, worried about corona virus.

Coping with fear and sadness during a pandemic

As we’ve discussed repeatedly, the effects of the coronavirus seem to know no bounds, infiltrating every part of daily life. While the practical ramifications range from the loss of jobs, to the need for social distancing, travel limitations, and much more, the implications for the mental health of you and your loved ones are also substantial. […]

Trauma informed mentoring: Early trauma exposure raises risk for young women ADHD/self-injury

by Yasmin Anwar   Exposure to abuse, neglect, or other traumas in childhood and adolescence puts young women with ADHD at a heightened risk of self-injury, a new study shows. The findings indicate that environmental factors can have a significant bearing on the negative psychosocial outcomes of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder—and also raise the question whether […]

What is the impact of exposure to community violence on adolescents’ mental health?

By Kendall Johnson, Society for Research on Adolescence It has been well researched that urban adolescents are also exposed to high amounts of community violence, which can affect their overall and mental well-being. Over 85% report witnessing some type of violence in their lifetime, and over 60% have been victims of violent acts. With such high levels of violence exposure, […]

Study Finds Positive Physical and Mental Health Outcomes for Mentored Foster Care Youth

Ahrens, K. R., DuBois, D. L., Richardson, L. P., Fan, M. Y., & Lozano, P. (2008). Youth in foster care with adult mentors during adolescence have improved adult outcomes. Pediatrics, 121(2), e246-e252. Summarized by Elyssa Weber, UMB clinical psychology doctoral student Introduction: Young adults in foster care are more likely to have poorer physical and […]

One in three college freshmen worldwide reports mental health disorder

Posted in American Psychological Association As if college were not difficult enough, more than one-third of first-year university students in eight industrialized countries around the globe report symptoms consistent with a diagnosable mental health disorder, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “While effective care is important, the number of students who need […]

Many can help more than one: New research highlights benefits of multiple social connections for bullied youth

Posted by Andrew Trounson, futurity.org Having a group of friends to rely on appears to buffer children from the emotional hurt bullying causes better than a single “best” friend, a new study of more than 1,200 primary school children and their parents suggests. “A group of friends appears to protect the mental health of bullied […]

New research investigates the challenges and successes of Y-A Partnerships

Heffernan, O. S., Herzog, T. M., Schiralli, J. E., Hawke, L. D., Chaim, G., & Henderson, J. L. (2017). Implementation of a youth-adult partnership model in youth mental health systems research: Challenges and successes. Health Expectations, 20, 1183-1188. doi:10.1111/hex.12554 Summarized by Renée Klein Schaarsberg Notes of Interest: This article describes the implementation of the McCain […]