Mental Health

Lifetime Prevalence of Mental Disorders in U.S. Adolescents

The purpose of this paper is to present estimates of the lifetime prevalence of DSM-IV mental disorders with and without severe impairment, their comorbidity across broad classes of disorder, and their sociodemographic correlates.    

Making the Right Turn: A Guide about Improving Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Corrections System

This Guide provides professionals with well-researched and documented facts, offers evidence-based research, highlights promising practices, and provides the Guideposts for Success for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Corrections System, in addition to pointing out areas requiring further attention by policymakers and identifying promising practices.

Mental, Emotional and Verbal "Karate"

Most bullying prevention involves conveying to kids how hurtful it can be and hoping those doing it will stop, and having consequences if they don't.  Teaching young people to have Unconditional Self-Acceptance (USA) and an Internal Locus of Control are often missing from such prevention programs.  Our thoughts about our life events cause how we feel, not the events. We all have cognitive choices that we make that really determine how we feel about ourselves and anything else, that we alone make.

Guideposts for Success

The Guideposts for Success are what research tells us all youth, including youth with disabilities, need to succeed.

Healing Invisible Wounds: Why Investing in Trauma-Informed Care for Children Makes Sense

This article discusses the effect that various types of trauma can have on youth and why identifying and treating traumatized youth is so important. The article points out current problems with how our health and justice systems interact with traumatized youth and offers recommendations for moving forward.

Guideposts for Employer Success

The Guideposts for Employer Success are organized with the explicit purpose of helping workforce development policy makers and program providers reduce identified barriers. There are two categories within the framework. The first focuses on what system designers (state and local) need to do. The second looks at what individual programs which include a wide array of education and training institutions such as community rehabilitation centers, secondary and post secondary institutions, apprenticeship programs, and One-Stop Centers need to do.

Grade Retention: What's the Prevailing Policy and What Needs to be Done?

This is a long-standing problem in our"age-graded" school system. And, it continues to be one of the most contentious issues in public education. Neither grade retention nor social promotion are recipes for narrowing the achievement gap or reducing dropouts. It is time for policy that doesn't "wait for failure;" it's time for a policy that doesn't react in ways that end up being more punitive than corrective. 

Government Innovators Network at Havard Kennedy School

This portal is produced by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School, and is a marketplace of ideas and examples of government innovation. Browse or search to access news, documents, descriptions of award-winning programs, and information on events in your area related to innovation.

Focal Point: Research, Policy, and Practice in Children's Mental Health: Youth empowerment and participation in mental health care. 23(2), Summer 2009

This issue of Focal Point highlights a number of successful and innovative efforts to promote youth voice and youth empowerment. Many of the articles are authored by or include contributions from youth who are directly involved in the featured programs

Facts about young adults, mental health, & online information seeking

This factsheet explains some reasons why young adults search for mental health information on the internet.