These days, we’re more aware than ever how important mental health is … and also how fragile it can be. Sometimes, caring for our mental health can be as simple as taking a break, breathing deeply, and recentering our thoughts and feelings.
But sometimes it isn’t. That’s especially true for many young people, who are still developing the skills for handling their emotions and addressing new challenges.
Rutgers caregivers are providing quality mental health care and support for our neighbors — including youth in underserved and underrepresented communities.
We’d love to share with you some of our most useful tips for maintaining good mental health. Please enter your information below to download our free guide, 12 Ways to Care for Yourself During Stressful Times. We’ll also tell you more about how you can help make sure young people in our community get the support they need and deserve.
44% of adolescents report persistent feelings of hopelessness or sadness.
More than 1 in 5 young adults has had or will have a serious mental health disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Behavioral health crises, such as depression, anxiety, substance and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, and trauma, affect young people from all backgrounds and all income levels.
Comprehensive mental health care for young people can be difficult to come by.
The Rutgers Youth Behavioral Health Initiative
In addition to the programs described in the video, the Rutgers Youth Behavioral Health Initiative is also building the Brandt Behavioral Health Treatment Center and Residence, a community-based treatment center that will offer holistic care. This initiative will be a national model of adolescent and young adult behavioral health care, and Rutgers is leading the way.