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According to the latest meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council, measures to address inequality and discrimination may be far more effective in combatting mental illness than the emphasis over the past 30 years on medication and therapy. While typical forms of psychotherapy are beneficial in reducing symptoms of depression, looking at mental health from a wellbeing perspective rather than a mental illness perspective may address underlying issues contributing to the mental health epidemic in young adults. Community models...

Confidence really is key. However, it isn’t something we just wake up with. Confidence is something we work to build our entire lives. Young adults especially thrive off of confidence. These are the years in which one jumps into the unknown and takes chances to discover what path they want to take in life. According to Psychology Today, the following elements are necessary in achieving one’s own personal greatness: Passionate and committed (because a lot of that striving for your...

After a teen or young adult has participated in a residential treatment program, the transition back home can be scary. The hope is that when young adults leave residential treatment programs, that feel more equipped to conquer life and any challenges that may ensue. Effective residential treatment programs will spend treatment time helping your young adult build a greater sense of independence. Leaving residential treatment can be a huge transition for everyone, however, it is a completely manageable one!  The After-Treatment...

Part of reaching independence as a young adult means one enters into the workforce. Even before then, one begins sharpening skills that will make them a desirable employee. After all, it is hard to get a job if one does not have the skills necessary to perform at the expected level. You as a parent can help with building employment skills in young adults. In small ways and in large ways they can hone in on the general skills that...

Without practicing proper self-care, leading a healthy life will become increasingly difficult. We must first take care of ourselves before we can take care of anyone else. Self-care can encompass many things. It can be broken down in categories such as: Workplace or professional, physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and relationships. Young adults should work to implement a plan of action to prioritize self-care. Here are some tips to get one started in each category. Workplace or professional self-care This involves activities...

Seeing someone we love feel unconfident can be extremely difficult. We are our own worst critic. Sometimes you may not know what to say or do for someone who lacks confidence. Without confidence, going about everyday can be a challenge. One may feel inadequate, less than, incapable, or inferior. Self confidence in young adults is vital to navigating adulthood. When young adults feel confident and empowered they are more able to tackle life’s challenges. The Formula for Success for Self...

The time when young adults transition into independence is not easy. The “real world” can be quite overwhelming for many. Knowing what to do, where to go, and how to do it is not knowledge we just obtain one day out of nowhere. It takes guidance, watching others, asking questions, and exploring options to find our fit in the adult world. Becoming an independent adult requires baby steps. These steps begin far before one is even actually an adult. There...