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May 2013 Social Media Message

Young adults thrive when offered practical resources that help them reach goals, develop respectful relationships with caring adults, and create opportunities for self-determination and meaningful employment. Tempo Young Adult Resource Center Exit Disclaimer, a program for young adults with mental health challenges, found that with services and supports:

  • Sixty-seven percent of young adults improved their educational level by earning their GED or enrolling in college or vocational training;
  • Ninety-two percent of young adults remained clean and sober;
  • Eighty-seven percent of young adults with housing as a goal obtained or maintained stable housing; and
  • Ninety-nine percent of those young adults on probation successfully met their requirements.1

Young adults with behavioral health challenges can be resilient with the help of family, friends, providers, and other Heroes of Hope. Visit samhsa.gov/children to learn more.

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Young adults w/ #mentalhealth challenges thrive w/ support & resources. Read about 1 program’s success http://1.usa.gov/Y9BFHV #HeroesofHope


Young adults with mental health challenges thrive with practical resources and programs that help them obtain education, healthy social interactions, housing, and employment to continue their path to recovery. Learn more about the behavioral health of young adults and pass the message on to observe National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: http://1.usa.gov/Y9BFHV


  1. Saulnier, B., Goodman, M., & Plachta-Elliott, S. (2010). Young Adults Value Participation, Meaningful Employment, and Unconditional Caring. Focal Point: Youth, Young Adults, & Mental Health. Transitions to Adulthood, 24(1). 21–23. Retrieved from http://www.pathwaysrtc.pdx.edu/pdf/fpS10.pdf Exit Disclaimer (PDF - 11.08 MB)

See these resources for additional information on young adults:

  • Walker, J. S., & Gowen, L. K. (2011). Community-based approaches for supporting positive development in youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions. Portland, OR: Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University. Retrieved from http://www.pathwaysrtc.pdx.edu/pdf/pbCmtyBasedApproaches09-2011.pdf Exit Disclaimer (PDF - 964 KB)
  • Sowers, J., Ph.D., & Wood, N. Enhancing Career Development Engagement and Self-Determination for Young Adults with Mental Health Diagnoses. Portland, OR: Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University. Retrieved from http://www.pathwaysrtc.pdx.edu/pdf/proj1-lit-review.pdf Exit Disclaimer (PDF - 206 KB)

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs to talk, please call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

Return to main page of SAMHSA.gov/Children | For more information, click here to email AwarenessDay2014@vancomm.com