FOCUS QUESTIONS

  1. What is mental health and what is a mental illness disorder?
  2. What mental health issues are encountered by teens most often?
  3. What are the reasons why these issues arise?
  4. What factors impact teen self-esteem?  What may cause low teen self-esteem?  What are the factors that contribute to high self-esteem in teens?
  5. What role has the media plated in how you perceive yourself? Do you think media and social media have an impact on teen self-esteem?
  6. Has your school/family life been impacted by mental health or self-esteem issues?
  7. What kind of help can teens access to address mental health issues?
  8. What should teens do to maintain their mental wellness and high self-esteem?
  9. What activities do you incorporate into your lifestyle to help promote a healthy well-being?
  10. What programs does your school and/or community have that positively impacts teen mental wellness and self-esteem? 

LINKS

1. What is mental health and what is a mental illness disorder?

National Institute of Mental Health:
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/index.shtml

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
http://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/basics.htm

Mental Health:
http://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health/index.html

Teen Mental Health:
http://teenmentalhealth.org/understanding-mental-health/mental-disorders/
http://teenmentalhealth.org/for-families-and-teens/

Find Youth Info:
http://findyouthinfo.gov/youth-topics/youth-mental-health/mental-health-disorders

United States Department of Health & Human Services:
http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/mental-health/

National Alliance on Mental Illness:
http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=By_Illness

Mayo Clinic:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mental-illness/basics/definition/con-20033813

Healthy Children:
http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen/pages/Mental-Health-and-Teens-Watch-for-Danger-Signs.aspx

 

2.   What mental health issues are encountered by teens most often?

Find Youth Info:
http://findyouthinfo.gov/youth-topics/youth-mental-health/prevalance-mental-health-disorders-among-youth

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:
http://www.samhsa.gov/data/2k12/MHUS2010/index.aspx
http://samhsa.gov/data/

National Institute of Mental Health:
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/child-and-adolescent-mental-health/index.shtml
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/statistics/1anydis_child.shtml

National Alliance on Mental Illness:
http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=federal_and_state_policy_legislation&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=43804

New York Presbyterian:
http://nyp.org/health/mentalhealth-teenhub.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
http://www.cdc.gov/features/childrensmentalhealth/

Web Md:
http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-illness-children

Mayo Clinic:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/mental-illness-in-children/art-20046577

National Center for Children in Poverty:
http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_878.html

 

3. What are the reasons why these issues arise?

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry:
http://www.aacap.org/aacap/Families_and_Youth/Glossary_of_Symptoms_and_Illnesses/Home.aspx

Mayo Clinic:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mental-illness/basics/causes/con-20033813

National Alliance on Mental Illness:
http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Depression&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=89096

Web MD:
http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/mental-health-causes-mental-illness

Brain and Behavior Research Foundation:
http://bbrfoundation.org/mental-illness-1

Public Broadcasting System:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/genes-and-environment-combine-to-influence-mental-illness/

National Institute on Drug Abuse:
http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/topics-in-brief/comorbid-drug-abuse-mental-illness

Unite for Sight:
http://www.uniteforsight.org/mental-health/module4

 

4. What factors impact teen self-esteem? What may cause low teen self-esteem?  What are the factors that contribute to high self-esteem in teens?

 Teen Health:
http://teenshealth.org/teen/your_mind/emotions/self_esteem.html#

Mayo Clinic:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/self-esteem/art-20047976?pg=1

Crisis Text Line:
http://www.crisistextline.org/11-facts-about-teens-and-self-esteem/

United States National Library of Medicine:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2914631/

Kids Health:
http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/body_image/body_image.html#

 

5. What role has the media plated in how you perceive yourself?  Do you think media and social media have an impact on teen self-esteem?

National Eating Disorders:
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/media-body-image-and-eating-disorders

Kids Health:
http://kidshealth.org/PageManager.jsp?dn=KidsHealth&lic=1&ps=207&cat_id=20125&article_set=20397

United States National Library of Medicine:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2792687/

Center on Media and Child Health:
http://www.cmch.tv/mentors_parents/bodyimage.asp

Teen Health and the Media:
http://depts.washington.edu/thmedia/view.cgi?section=bodyimage&page=fastfacts

 

6.  Has your school/family life been impacted by mental health or self-esteem issues?

 

7.   What kind of help can teens access to address mental health issues?

Mental Health:
http://www.mentalhealth.gov/talk/young-people/index.html

National Suicide Prevention Line:
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Reach Out:
http://us.reachout.com/get-help

National Alliance on Mental Illness:
http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Child_and_Adolescent_Action_Center&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=23448

National Federation of Families:
https://www.ffcmh.org

Cope Care Deal:
http://www.copecaredeal.org

Crisis Text Line:
http://www.crisistextline.org/get-help-now/

American Psychiatric Association:
http://www.psychiatry.org/mental-health/people/teens

 

8. What should teens do to maintain their mental wellness and high self-esteem?

Help Guide:
http://www.helpguide.org/mental/mental_emotional_health.htm

The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester:
http://www.mhcgm.org/uploads/pdfs/mental-wellness-tips.pdf

National Association of School Psychologists:
http://www.nasponline.org/resources/mentalhealth/mhtips.aspx

American Academy of Pediatrics:
http://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Mental-Health/Documents/SE-TeenTips.pdf

American Psychological Association:
http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress-teens.aspx

 

9.  What activities do you incorporate into your lifestyle to help promote healthy well-being?

 

10.  What programs does your school and/or community have that positively impacts teen mental wellness and self-esteem? 

 


HELPFUL LINKS

New York State Office of Mental Health:
http://www.omh.ny.gov

American Psychological Association:
http://www.apa.org/index.aspx

National Alliance on Mental Illness:
http://www.nami.org

National Institute of Mental Health:
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
http://www.cdc.gov

Mental Health:
http://www.mentalhealth.gov/index.html

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry:
http://www.aacap.org/Default.aspx

Kids Health:
http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/body_image/body_image.html#

Teen Mental Health:
http://teenmentalhealth.org