Mental health professionals

Adolescent Substance Use, Addiction, and Treatment: A TAG Talk

This new video discusses the importance of addressing substance use and addiction in adolescents and young adults and the most effective approaches to treating addiction, including opioid addiction.

Resource: Evidence-Based Treatments for Anxiety Disorders in Youth

This distance learning video explores the criteria for juvenile anxiety disorders, how they differ from adult anxiety disorders, the evidence-based treatments for juvenile anxiety disorders, and the differential diagnoses.

Federal Resources for Helping Youth Cope after a School Shooting

To help youth cope with school shooting incidents, youth.gov has compiled a list of federal resources those who work with youth can use to address trauma and bolster resilience.

WALLS and the WALLS Mentoring Program

This link provides access to free resources related to mentoring. Resources include the book Walls, which provides a model for creating interactive discussions in a mentoring program, as well as guidebook for the implementation of the accompanying Walls mentoring program. Users can also access a brief document about how the book inspired the creation of the mentoring program.

Resource: Psychiatric Diagnoses in Youth and Young Adults Video

This video provides an overview of psychiatric diagnoses in youth and young adults, including symptoms of various mental disorders, treatment options, and support services, as well as links to SAMHSA’s related educational materials for caregivers and young adults.

Report: Behavioral Health Barometer, Volume 4

This report presents national data about the prevalence of behavioral health conditions, including the rate of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance use, and underage drinking.

Resource: Complex Trauma Fact Sheets

This series of fact sheets describes complex trauma and provides recommendations for a variety of audiences on how to support youth. Developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Complex Trauma and Developmental Trauma Disorder Work Group, the fact sheets include:

SAMHSA’s Youth Engagement Guidance

SAMHSA developed Guidance — Strategies, Tools, and Tips for Supportive and Meaningful Youth Engagement in Federal Government-Sponsored Meetings and Events — to provide federal staff and contractors with strategies, tools, and tips that better support the engagement of youth in government-sponsored events and meetings.

A Positive Youth Development Research Agenda

The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs recognizes the importance of Positive Youth Development (PYD) and created a national Research Agenda on PYD that describes the key research domains and questions that could benefit from future research.

Resource: NCFY

This website provides articles highlighting resources on research, program strategies, federal news, and funding opportunities.