This newsletter published by Child Trends is an informative resource that clarifies a lot of common questions regarding adolescent mental health. The newsletter contains definitions of mental health terminology, facts and figures about current mental health trends, a list of warning signs and common mental disorders among adolescents. There is also information about treatment, mental healthcare access and barriers to care, strategies for reducing mental disorders among adolescents and a list of comprehensive resources.
Murphey, D., Barry, M., and B. Vaughn. (2013). Mental Health Disorders. Child Trends Adolescent Health Highlights.
Link to “Mental Health Disorders”
Go Ask Alice! is Columbia University’s health Q&A Internet resource. There are six category pages of questions answered —Alcohol & Other Drugs, Emotional Health, Fitness and Nutrition, General Health, Relationships, and Sexual and Reproductive Health. The goal of Go Ask Alice! is to keep readers inquisitive, informed, and healthy.
This resource is good for educators, young people who have questions, and organizations that work with young people. This resource is also valuable to parents.
To read more about Go Ask Alice! click here.
Answer provides honest, accurate answers about sex in response to the many questions teens and adult professionals have about this complex topic. Answer has provided high-quality training to teachers and other youth-serving professionals. Answer also uses peer-to-peer communication to offer sexuality education directly to teens through the teen-written Sex, Etc. magazine and website.
To find out more about Answer, click here.
Amplify is a project of Advocates for Youth. Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health.
Advocates for Youth envisions a society that views sexuality as normal and healthy and treats young people as a valuable resource. The core values of Rights, Respect, and Responsibility animate this vision. Amplify also has information on sexual health campaigns by state and by international cities.
To read more about Amplify, click here.
Ambiente Joven is a project of Advocates for Youth and is dedicated to the young Latino gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual communities in USA and Latin America with the goal of providing information on sexual and mental health. Ambiente Joven has a great deal of Spanish-speaking resources that attest to LGBTQ topics in Latin America.
To read more about Ambiente Joven, click here.
Scarleteen is an independent, grassroots sexuality education and website geared towards young people in their teens and 20s. Their website provides articles, guides, factsheets, in-depth advice answers, extensive external resource lists and a collective blog written by young people.
Topics addressed include:
- sexual identity
- sex & sexuality
- sexual health
- pregnancy & parenting
- abuse & assault
- sexual politics
- questions and answers
Go to Scarleteen Website
Librarians have a unique opportunity to help parents, educators and teens obtain age-appropriate, medically accurate and culturally relevant information and resources they need to be informed about sexual health. For some, a library may be their only source of information.
Advocates For Youth complied a list of print, audio, and web-based resources addressing sex and health especially for youth. Librarians can use this list as a tool to aid young people in finding resources available when seeking sex and sexual health information.
Citation: Ratner, J. & Huberman, B. (2006). The librarian’s guide to sex education resources. Advocates For Youth. p. 1-89.
Link to web resources.
The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) oversees the Title X program, the only federal program dedicated to family planning and related preventive services, and also advises the Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Health on reproductive health topics, family planning, adolescent pregnancy and other population issues.
The OPA oversee research and grants that support:
- Family Planning— assists individuals in determining the number and spacing of their children through education, counseling and comprehensive medical services
- Embryo Adoption Program–increases public awareness of embryo donation and adoption
* Title XX Adolescent Family Life was originally administered by the Office of Population Affairs but has moved to the Office of Adolescent Health since 2012.
The OPA website also has information regarding general reproductive health, contraception, and STIs.
You can connect with them via Twitter.
This comprehensive resource list, compiled by the University of Michigan Health System, provides information relating to sexual issues affecting youth with disabilities or chronic conditions.
Providing clear and accurate information to youths with disabilities is important–
“Young people with disabilities are no different from other kids in their need to understand their bodies and relationships; they, too, need to understand how their bodies work, and may have romantic longings and sexual interests. The following resources cover the many aspects of disability, love, sex and puberty in a responsible, open and affirming manner.”
The resource list is includes many web resources, print resources and information about organizations. You can also ask questions about this topic.
Click here for a link to “Sexuality Education for Youth with Disability or Chronic Illness: A Resource List”
This resource, complied by Advocates for Youth, provides detailed information and resources for youth who live with physical and/or mental disabilities— including, but not limited to hearing, sight, and motor function impairments; Down syndrome; cerebral palsy; paraplegia and quadriplegia; developmental disorders; and mental health issues.
The resource is divided into the following sections:
- Statistics and data about disabilities among children and youth
- Myths and facts about sexuality and disability
- Why should parents be concerned about sexual education for their disabled children?
- General guidelines for parents
- General guidelines for professional sex educators
- Selected Resources for educators and other youth serving professionals–Books, Curricula
- Selected Resources for parents–Books
- Organizations/Web sites
Link to “Sex Education for Physically, Emotionally and Mentally Challenged Youth” on Advocates for Youth’s webpage
Link to PDF version
The Teen Parenting Service Network (TPSN) works exclusively with pregnant and parenting youth in Illinois Department of Children and Family Services care throughout Illinois. The Teen Parenting Service Network provides an array of service to youth in care and can link youths to professionals who can assist with case management, education, parenting classes and support groups.
In addition to providing resources for pregnant and parenting youth, the website also provides resources and information about education, money & job search, housing, life skills, healthy living, and the legal system.
Click here to go to the Teen Parenting Service Network website