College is an exciting and challenging time when young adults take on new responsibilities and pursue rigorous academic goals. It can also be a challenging time as stress from academic and social pressures can become almost unbearable. Students may experience anxiety, depression, self-harming behaviors, eating disorders, and more. Evidence shows that an increasing number of students are seeking counseling and other services to address a range of mental health needs. But despite the growing need for mental health care, students face a lack of effective, available, and accessible treatments and supports. As a result, they can encounter waitlists for services, confusion over how to get help, or inadequate services that end prematurely.
Partnering with youth advocates, Young Minds Advocacy has developed “On Campus, In Need,” a new fact sheet on increasing students’ access to mental health care. The fact sheet outlines issues faced by California’s college students, including shortages of trained staff, a lack cultural humility across services, and limited access to on-campus resources. It then highlights strategies for students to find and build community, advocate for their needs, and team with youth-serving organizations.
The fact sheet is available for download here.
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Samantha Chiang and the UC Davis Mental Health Initiative:
The “On Campus, In Need” fact sheet is part of a larger effort to support college student and youth mental health advocacy, including the leadership of Samantha Chiang, a 19-year-old UC Davis senior. Chiang co-founded the UC Davis Mental Health Initiative (UCDMHI), a student-led group working to unite the Davis community around greater access to mental health care. Earlier this year, YMA engaged with current and former UC students at UCDMHI’s Second Annual Mental Health Conference, where approximately 600 youth, educators, and allies came together in conversation, trainings, and workshops on mental health and wellness.
2018 Creative Advocacy:
Young Minds will honor Chiang and other young advocates, including Humboldt organizer Calla Peltier-Olson, as 2018 Creative Advocacy Awardees on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Every year, YMA hosts Creative Advocacy to kick off Mental Health Awareness Month and celebrate advocates, youth artists, and the community working together to uplift mental health. For more information on Creative Advocacy, including how to purchase tickets and learn more about the evening’s awardees, visit our event webpage, here.
No Stigma No Barriers and NAMI, CMHACY Conferences:
Join the movement to ensure that the education and mental health systems are providing quality care to young people! Young Minds Advocacy and the No Stigma No Barriers (NSNB) collaborative will address this critical issue at two upcoming statewide convenings: the National Alliance on Mental Illness Conference (NAMI, June 1-2, 2018) and California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth Conference (CMHACY, May 16-18, 2018)s in Monterey.
The No Stigma No Barriers collaborative, led by a group of young people ages 16 to 28, aims to improve mental health outcomes for Transition Age Youth (TAY) and their families. The collaborative is led by youth advocates from California Youth Connection, PEERS, Young Minds Advocacy, and Youth In Mind.
Sign up for news on upcoming events and trainings at www.nostigmanobarriers.org.