Articles, podcasts, research and videos from the UpLift team and guest contributors about youth and young adult mental health.
My friends and I talk all the time about how much we hate Snapchat, or how we’re sick of Instagram. The truth is, these platforms can shape our behavior in ways that contribute negatively to mental health. And it can be really hard to stop using them, even if we understand the consequences.
Teletherapy is simply therapy that is delivered via video. Almost all therapeutic services that you typically think of in the mental health sphere can be delivered via teletherapy. It is certainly more convenient, as it can be done from the comfort of your own home, but is it just as effective? Doctors have been studying this question for years, and the answer is yes.
Many college students have had a unique experience with the virus: one of deep gratitude and equally deep sorrow and disappointment. And this confusing experience has the potential to be detrimental to the mental health of many college students who, as a group, already face high levels of anxiety and depression.
All therapists who specialize in teen mental health have had referral calls like this: “How can I get my daughter into therapy? She says she won’t go!” Parents can feel like they’re at the end of their rope. You may be seeing your child suffer, or have been told by their doctor or teacher that therapy is necessary. You may feel like your home is a ticking time bomb with your teen at the center, and therapy is the only help available. Maybe you don’t know where else to turn.
As a current college student, I know this all too well. When I was entering my first year, I went in with a confident outlook and limited worries about my ability to be successful. Having always been a social kid with no issues making friends or adapting to new environments, I assumed this whole college thing would be a piece of cake. Needless to say, I was wrong and my first semester was anything but easy...
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.