Articles, podcasts, research and videos from the UpLift team and guest contributors about youth and young adult mental health.
In this webinar, UpLift Co-founder and Chief Psychologist, Amy Mezulis, along with panelists Nichole Williams, LMHCA, Katey Nicolai, PhD, and Hannah Morris, college junior, discuss mental health strategies for college students and how parents can help their high school graduates prepare for a successful transition to college whether that's on campus, remote, or some combination.
The transition to college is an exciting and optimistic time for families, but it can also be stressful. A 2017 American College Health Association Survey of 63,000 college students found that 2 in 5 students described being so depressed that it was “difficult to function,” while 3 in 5 felt “overwhelming anxiety” during the previous school year.
Adolescents in the United States are routinely exposed to violence and other potentially traumatic events. According to the National Survey of Adolescents (a study that collected data from over 4000 adolescents ages 12-17), four out of ten adolescents have directly witnessed violence, 17% have been physically assaulted, and 8% have experienced sexual assault. Additionally, exposure to violence and traumatic events is even higher for some teens, including those from marginalized or oppressed groups.
We surveyed over 500 adolescents and young adults ages 14-24 across the U.S. to assess depression symptoms and suicidal thoughts in the first month of the COVID pandemic. The results are striking. Nearly 7 in 10 youth report clinically significant depression symptoms and 1 in 7 report their suicidal thoughts have increased since social distancing was initiated.
How do you promote positive motivation? It’s as easy as A-B-C! "Self-Determination Theory" teaches that motivation flourishes when three basic human needs are met: Autonomy, Belonging and Competence.
Parents, are your children spending hours locked in their room or on devices? Video games and Snapchat winning out over schoolwork and chores? Are you struggling to keep your teen/young adult motivated at home? COVID-19 has taken a toll on all of us, but we've heard from many parents that lack of motivation has been a big challenge at home.
Teens have faced significant losses during this pandemic and are likely experiencing the complex emotion of grief, whether they recognize it as such or not. It may show up in ways that seem like avoidance, anger, defiance, low motivation, or boredom. But recognizing the signs of grief is the first step to helping teens and young adults process their emotions.
If you have a teenager, chances are you have had a conflict over motivation in the last 24 hours. Whether it is warring over YouTube or video games, or asking 12 times before a chore gets done, you are not alone! These conflicts are frustrating, and leave many parents asking, “Why do I have to push so hard to get them to do things I know they can do?” The answer may lie in your teen’s developing brain; specifically, their brain’s reward pathways and their prefrontal cortex.
When we talk about young adults and the pandemic, there has been a focus on the grief and loss of important events such as graduation and sports seasons. Yet many college students have lost more than in-person classes, their campus social life, or their workout routine – they’ve lost their autonomy.