Mental health conditions typically begin during childhood, adolescence or young adulthood. Here you will find additional information intended to help provide young people, educators, parents and caregivers with the resources they need. From a free downloadable coloring and activity book to a teen mental heath education presentation, to a guide for navigating college with a mental health condition, this page has resources for all young people. It also has handy information for parents, caregivers, and educators, like a one-pager on how to start a conversation about mental health and an example week of wellness activities that can be used at home.
For Young People
Meet Little Monster
Created by NAMI Washington, Meet Little Monster is a mental health coloring and activity book that provides children with a tool for helping express and explore their feelings in a fun, creative and empowering way. Available for download at no-cost in multiple languages.
NAMI College Guide
Created in partnership with The JED Foundation, the College Guide is a one stop online resource to help young adults navigate the many situations encountered when in this new and exciting environment
How to Help a Friend
A one-pager that gives suggestions on how to support a friend struggling with a mental health condition
A one-pager that helps individuals understand the importance of words when talking about mental health conditions and suicide
Getting the Right Start
A one-pager that makes taking the first steps to asking for help less overwhelming
How Young Adults Can Seek Help
A video on where and how you can find the help and support you need for a mental health condition.
How Teens Can Ask for Help
A video on who to reach out to and ways to put your thoughts and feelings into words to receive help for a mental health condition.
Positive Coping Skills
Do you have a mental health toolkit? In this video, NAMI volunteer Britt shares what positive coping skills are and how to develop a mental health toolkit so that we don't fall into negative coping strategies. Additionally, she discusses what specific skills help her cope.
Making A Mental Health Plan
For College Students
In this video, learn how to prepare for a mental health emergency, including how to safely share medical information with someone you trust.
Teen and Young Adult Mental Health Resources
Teen and Young Adult Mental Health Resources (Spanish)
A set of social media graphics to start a conversation with your community about mental health check-ins, mental health game plans and our four-day gratitude challenge. Download the graphics here.
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NAMI Ending the Silence
NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation that helps middle and high school aged youth learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition.
NAMI Ending the Silence is offered in-person by NAMI affiliates across the country and is also now available online when an in-person presentation is not available.
School Mental Health Resource Poster
School Mental Health Resource Poster (black and white)Teachers can help students access vital mental health resources easily and confidentially with this convenient poster. Students can tear away important mental health resource information or scan the QR code to save contacts directly into their phones. NAMI recommends pre-cutting the tear aways at the bottom and tearing off the first one to relieve the pressure of any student being the first to take one. Also available in black and white.
Supporting Back to School Wellness
A one-pager with a few tips for teachers on how to make students’ transition back to the classroom a little bit easier during these uncertain times.
A one-pager that helps individuals understand the importance of words when talking about mental health conditions and suicide.
The Three C's for Educators
The Three C's for Educators (Spanish)
A one-pager with tips for educators on supporting their student's emotional and mental well-being during the transition back to school and throughout the school year!
Mental Health & Wellness Moments for Educators Mental Health & Wellness Moments for Educators (Spanish)
An activity guide for educators to incorporate daily wellness activities in the classroom to enhance the emotional well-being of their students.
Classroom Mental Health Contract
Classroom Mental Health Contract (Spanish)
An activity guide to help students develop an understanding of mental health and identify supports available for them inside the classroom and at school.
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For Parents and Caregivers
Statistics and Research
2020 Mental Health by the Number
A one-pager with data on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth and young adult.
Poll of Teen Mental Health from Teens Themselves (2022)
A poll conducted by Ipsos on behalf of NAMI finds that most teens are comfortable talking about mental health, but often don’t start the conversation. They also want schools to play a big role in their mental health, and they trust the information they get there, but feel like schools are not doing enough.
Poll of Parents Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic (2021)
A poll conducted by Ipsos on behalf of NAMI finds that an overwhelming number of parents support mental health education in schools and “mental health days” for their children.
New CDC data illuminate youth mental health threats during the COVID-19 pandemic
CDC’s first nationally representative survey of high school students during the pandemic can inform effective programs.
Treatment For Suicidal Ideation, Self-Harm, And Suicide Attempts Among Youth
A guide that provides interventions to treat for suicidal ideation, self-harm and suicide attempts among youth. It provides research on implementation and examples of the ways that these recommendations can be implemented.
Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Data Summary and Trends Report 2009-2019
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data Summary & Trends Report: 2009–2019 provides the most recent surveillance data on health behaviors and experiences among high school students in the US related to four priority areas associated with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV, and unintended teen pregnancy: sexual behavior, high-risk substance use, experiencing violence, and mental health and suicide.
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Blogs and Videos