Supporting the Transition & Employment Needs of Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions Presented by: Kathryn Sabella, UMass Chan Medical School
Young adults with serious mental health conditions experience a unique set of challenges as they transition to adulthood and navigate school, training, and work. This three-part series will first provide audience members with a general understanding of this population, then describe how this group navigates school, training, and work, and conclude with an important consideration of how services can and should consider young adults needs from a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens. Information from these webinars can help providers and policy makers better understand how to effectively support this population.
Part 1: Establishing a Developmental and Cultural Understanding of How to Support Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions LIVE: Tuesday, April 19, 2022 - 1:00-2:30pm EST This webinar will describe the unique developmental period of young adulthood, contextualize the culture of young adulthood within our society, and explore the unique ways in which young adult lives and their mental health have been influenced by the ongoing COVID pandemic. We will discuss how this information can be used to better support young adults, both individually and as a system.
Part 2: Supporting the Education, Training, and Employment Pursuits of Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions LIVE: Tuesday, May 3, 2022 - 1:00-2:30pm EST This webinar will describe the non-linear school, training, and work activities of young adults with SMHC and the barriers and facilitators they commonly encounter when trying to continually pursue these activities. By identifying factors that influence young adults’ ability to pursue school, training, and work, service providers and families can more effectively help young adults set themselves up for success.
Part 3: One Size Does Not Fit All: A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Framework for Supporting Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions LIVE: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 1:00-2:30pm EST This webinar will illustrate how mental health services for young adults need to be individualized and developed with diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind. Social disparities of health and mental health will be discussed to illustrate the importance of meeting young adults where they are at and ensuring that all young people, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual, or gender identity receive the support they need.