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Advancing Early Psychosis Care in the US: Innovations from the Field

This event was held in connection to the 2018 IEPA Conference in Boston on October 7, 2018. PEPPNET was excited to partner with NIMH, SAMHSA, and the IEPA Local Program Team on creating this inaugural gathering of early psychosis programs from across the US, which drew over 300 attendees and featured many of the nation's leading voices in the area of clinical high risk and first episode psychosis.   

The Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Summer 2018 Update

Check out what we've been up to in our most recent newsletter below!

2018 Pre-Conference on Media and Youth Suicide

Mental Health Innovation Challenge Event

June 24-26, 2017
Stanford Mental Health Innovation Challenge: Empowering youth to shape the future of mental health

We are hiring!

Looking for a skilled program coordinator, program manager and administrative associate with a passion for youth mental health.  For more information, follow the links below:

Creating a Public Mental Health Continuum of Care for Youth in the US

In this webinar, Dr. Steven Adelsheim discussed how to create an integrated continuum which includes early psychosis services, with a particular focus on school-based services.

Meet the SCC headspace Youth Advisory Group

2018 Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference: Overcoming Cultural Barriers to Access

April 27-28, 2018

Special Report

Understanding the Mental Health Needs and Concerns of Youth and their Parents: An Exploratory Investigation (Major Themes and Findings July 2016)

Stressed about the college admissions process?

Check out the latest white paper from Challenge Success, A “Fit” Over Rankings: Why College Engagement Matters More Than Selectivity, to find out what really matters and dial down the stress and anxiety about this process. 

Views from the Field

Lessons from Abroad: Investing in Youth Mental Health

2016 Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference

August 5-6, 2016
2016 Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference: Breaking Down Stigma, Building Support for Youth Mental Health

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 Need

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).

Core Components

The Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing is built on 3 core components:


Contact Us

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