Young adults will take on the responsibility of their own health care and become self-advocates as they transition or age out of pediatric care. This two-page fact sheet, developed by the Program to Achieve Wellness, lists resources for youth and young adults (YYA) to navigate relationships with healthcare professionals, access substance-use prevention services, understand the steps to gain insurance coverage, and learn other important matters related to well-being and health care. This is a supplement to the webinar Making Physical Health and Well-being Matter for Youth and Young Adults.
Resources included in the fact sheet are:
- Youth.gov: This website provides a variety of resources for youth and young adults related to reconnecting with care services, preventing bullying, preventing substance use, and transitioning into the “adult world.”
- Youth M.O.V.E.: This organization provides resources for young adults and their parents about getting involved with care services, offers information on finding a provider with whom you feel comfortable, and how to establish a healthy relationship with a provider.
- ArtReach Toronto: This resource contains a free self-care toolkit, Caring for Yourself Is a Radical Act. The toolkit is meant to “engage with your body, heart, and mind to elevate your current self-care practices and reflect on how they can be expanded.”
- Healthcare.gov: This website provides information for individuals on the steps to enroll in health insurance if they do not already have coverage. Under the Affordable Care Act, YYA with insured parents that claim them as dependents will be insured until they turn 26. It is important to understand how to access and use health insurance while transitioning out of pediatric care.
- Smartphone apps: These resources are a portable and accessible way of managing mental and physical health. Some recommended apps include CareZone, Calm Harm, Depression CBT, and Recovery Record.
Publications and websites in this tip sheet are free to access. This resource is designed for healthcare providers to distribute youth and young adults.
This resource was first shared in 2018.
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