News & Events
Views from the Field
Lessons from Abroad: Investing in Youth Mental Health
Understanding the Mental Health Needs and Concerns of Youth and their Parents: An Exploratory Investigation (Major Themes and Findings July 2016)
2016 Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference
August 5-6, 2016
2016 Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference: Breaking Down Stigma, Building Support for Youth Mental Health
Mental Health Innovation Challenge Event
June 24-26, 2017
Stanford Mental Health Innovation Challenge: Empowering youth to shape the future of mental health
The Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Spring 2017 Update
Save the Date!
April 27-28, 2018
2018 Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference: Overcoming Cultural Barriers to Access
Special mental health and media statement regarding the television series "13 Reasons Why"
What is The Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing?
The Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing recognizes that we are in the midst of a national public health crisis among US youth and is committed to spearheading a new national vision for adolescent and young adult wellness and mental health support. The clinical and research experts within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences have laid the groundwork for the creation of a national initiative for youth through their expertise in early mental health support, development of self-regulation tools, school mental health, and suicide prevention. By creating an innovative health system, and a new culture of health for the adolescent and young adult population, Stanford hopes to create a model for the country in how to better support our young people to navigate the transition to adulthood and realize their full potential as adults.
The data on adolescent health and educational success in the US is of great concern. High rates of depression, alcohol and drug abuse, teen pregnancy, youth violence, and low college graduation rates compared to other industrialized nations indicate that something is missing in our support for young people. Adolescence has become a perilous rite of passage for many youth. We need a new culture of adolescent wellbeing across the United States that builds skills, resilience, and opportunities for a healthy path into adulthood.
Some key facts:
- We know that US teens are more stressed than ever before. In a 2013 survey, teens reported higher stress levels than adults and many also reported feeling overwhelmed, depressed or sad as a result of stress (Bethune, 2014).
- Fifty percent of mental health disorders have their onset by the age of 14 and seventy five percent emerge before the age of 25 (Kessler et al, 2005).
- The adolescent brain is especially malleable to both positive and negative influences and the period from 12-25 is the last critical opportunity to affect the healthy development of our young people (Steinberg, 2014).
The Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing is built on 3 core components:
For all clinical questions, including to schedule an appointment with a clinician:
General Adult Psychiatry and Psychology Clinics: 650-498-9111
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry intake line: 650-723-7704
For programmatic inquiries, contact:
Vicki Harrison, MSW
Manager, Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing
Manager of Community Partnerships, Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Steven Adelsheim, MD
Director, Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing
Director of Community Partnerships, Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences