Promoting and Caring for Young Adult Mental Health: Challenges and Opportunities for Improvement

The COVID-19 pandemic brought increased attention to the mental health status and needs experienced by young adults. The 2021 Surgeon General’s Advisory addressing the importance of protecting youth mental health highlights the growing mental health crisis among children, adolescents, and young adults. Among young adults, mental health conditions had been rising prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and during the COVID-19 pandemic their rates have increased more than any other adult age group. The mental health brief, developed by a team from the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center, provides the most recent national findings on Young Adult mental health status and utilization of mental health care, summaries of the developmental factors important for positive mental health and of evidence-based resources for mental health promotion, prevention, and treatment, and suggestions of activities ranging from the personal to the broader community and healthcare levels on what can be done to promote improvement in mental health and in services needed for young adults.

Promoting and Caring for Young Adult Mental Health – 02-01-2023