This one-pager, developed by the Program to Achieve Wellness, lists and describes resources for providers working with young adults with behavioral health needs. This one-pager is a supplement to the webinar Making Physical Health and Well-Being Matter for Youth and Young Adults.

It is important to engage young adults in their health care, especially as they begin to transition out of pediatric care and into adult services. In 2016, almost half of young adults in the United States who were diagnosed with a serious mental illness did not access any health services. Care providers need to be aware of the unique circumstances that young adults live in and engage their clients through cultural activation to ensure treatment is sustained. Cultural activation is the involvement of a consumer’s cultural identities in their treatment, as culture plays a significant and often overlooked role in overall wellness.

Highlighted resources include the following:

  • provides tools and resources that help youth-serving organizations and community partners develop and run effective programs for youth. is supported by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), which is made up of representatives from 20 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth.
  • The University of Michigan’s Adolescent Health Initiative helps improve healthcare facilities for young adults and adolescents. It provides training and free resources for health professionals to use when treating and engaging youth and young adults.
  • The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council of the National Academies published a report in 2015 titled Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults. This document makes seven recommendations for approaching the needs of young adults.

This resource was first shared in 2018.

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