The lack of adequate mental health support is one of the biggest issues identified by teens. Our national nonprofit is collaborating with young activists who are demanding a range of reforms. For this reason, we’re launching the Mental Youth Alliance.

 

Our concern around mental health education is that it is not taught or spoken about enough. During a time where social isolation is mandatory, we see the effects of this challenge across social media and in the way our teenagers express themselves in day to day check-ins. Teenagers often do not know that the negative emotions and ginormous pressures they face are normal and that they are not alone. When we encounter a situation around our mental health, it is essential that we know how to identify ‘it and know how to deal with it in a healthy manner.” – Milly A., Providence RI

In close collaboration with young advocates around the country, we are still in the process of figuring out the structure and goals but here are some initial ideas to build a national movement.

1) amplify teen-led local and state mental health campaigns
2) develop a national platform for mental health support and reforms.

If you are interested in getting involved, please take a few minutes to complete this application. If you questions, please email wendy@youthactivismproject.org with the subject “Mental Youth Alliance.”