Peer-to-peer helping is based on the premise that when young people have problems, they often turn to friends for help. This model is effective at improving school climate, linking students to formal and informal supports, and reducing youth violence, including bullying and suicide. The session outlines the essential elements of a successful program, and includes a grantee-led overview of the Natural Helpers program in Fairbanks Native Association, a Healthy Transitions grantee.
Community Wellness & Peer Supports
This issue brief describes the policy changes that Healthy Transitions grantees implemented between 2014-2018 to support youth and young adults of transition age. Healthy Transitions grantees, System of Care sites, and other planners and policymakers can use these examples as a springboard for their own efforts.
Several Healthy Transitions grantees have adopted and expanded the drop-in center approach, using them as tools for local behavioral health agencies to engage youth and young adults. This Healthy Transitions issue brief shares examples and lessons learned from the field across the various stages of drop-in center implementation, from early exploration and planning to full operation and sustainability
A comprehensive guide for enhancing organizational equity through the lens of the national standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (CLAS). Information is categorized by the individual CLAS Standard, and provides a variety of resources based on population demographics.
The article discusses community-based interventions that promote mental health and social equity. The authors offer information on strategies for incorporating effective interventions in early intervention, school-based initiatives, homeless and criminal justice services.