National Council for Mental Wellbeing

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Opportunity, exploration and rapid growth abound during adolescence and young adulthood, but transition to adulthood is also a critical time when we can identify, prevent and intervene emerging mental health and substance use issues that risk becoming persistent and pressing problems. Early data indicate that COVID-19 is exacerbating challenges to youth wellness; the time to strengthen our nation’s youth, and the supports on which they rely, is now.

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing is driving a collection of leading-edge initiatives dedicated to improved mental wellbeing in youth and young adults across the U.S.


Early screening help reduce and prevent risky substance behavior in youth and adolescents by providing the tools for primary care practices to implement Youth Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (YSBIRT).


This two-year initiative is working to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide among BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and other young people aged 10 to 24 in underserved communities.

Sign up for the Children, Young Adults and Families Interest Group to be notified of the back-to-school website launch with guidance, stories and resources from CONNECTED.

teen Mental Health First Aid

This evidence-based training teaches teens how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges and crisis among their friends.

Youth Substance Use and Message Development During COVID-19

Getting Candid: Framing the Conversation Around Youth Substance Use Prevention message guide and toolkit equips youth-serving providers and organizations with the tools and resources necessary to support meaningful prevention messaging. This toolkit includes messaging on youth substance use prevention, tip sheets, social media graphics and shareables, videos, webinars, interactive worksheets, and an educational course.