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Resources for Youth and Young Adults

Please find four tip sheets that NAMI has developed for youth and young adults. These were developed based on suggestions we received from young adults and by analyzing the resources young adults are accessing at www.strengthofus.org.

Five Tips for Taking Charge of Your Life 
Tips for managing your mental health condition to take charge of your life.

Five Tips on Meeting Someone for the First Time 
Tips for making a great first impression.

Five Tips for Setting and Achieving Goals 
Tips for using your strengths to achieve your goals.

Five Tips for Finding Your Strength 
Tips for finding your inner strength.

StrengthofUs.org: Live a Better Life through Community

StrengthofUs Reaches More Than 1,300 Community Members and Continues to Grow!

StrengthofUs.org is NAMIís online resource center and social networking website for young adults (ages 18-30) living with mental health conditions. It exists to empower young adults to live out their dreams and goals through peer support and resource sharing. We believe every young adult deserves to feel hopeful, supported and encouraged to love who they are.

We are excited to announce that StrengthofUs.org has empowered more than 1,300 young adult community members since launching in March. The site continues to grow rapidly with inspiring young adults, guest blogs, positive discussions, resources and much more! This is a tribute to all of the thoughtful young adults on the site who have created a welcoming community where users can share their challenges, successes and strategies of living with a mental health condition and, most of all, draw strength from each other.

Please pass the word along and see the attached ad to promote StrengthofUs.org. Join this supportive community today at StrengthofUs.org.

Also, check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StrengthofUs to keep up with the latest happenings on StrengthofUs.org and the latest news about young adults and mental health.

Do you want to help StrengthofUs.org achieve its mission? Email Dana Markey, Program Manager, at danac@nami.org to learn about opportunities to get involved!

NAMI Ending the Silence (ETS) is a 50-minutes presentation designed for high school students and is typically presented in the freshman/sophomore health classes during the mental health portion of the curriculum.  This transformational program is devoted to giving students an opportunity to learn about mental illness through an informative PowerPoint, short videos, and personal testimony.  Through the presentation, students learn symptoms and indicators of mental illness, and are given ideas about how to help themselves, friends, or family members who may be in need of support. Read more...


Talk to your Children About Mental Health Before they Leave for College


Please see below for an excellent article about why it is so important to talk to your children about mental health before they leave for college.