Authentic youth engagement benefits both youth and youth-serving programs. @HHSPopAffairs launched #OPAYouthCreate to promote youth participation and self-expression and give insight to programs about ways they can better meet the needs of youth. opa.hhs.gov/youth-create
Share w/youth: The #holidays can be a tough time, bringing on or worsening stress, anxiety & depression. If you need healthy ways to cope during this time, check out these 4 techniques from our former YE4C Editorial Board member, Laticia Aossey: bit.ly/361STQN
Check out our entire #TipsforTeens series designed to help you and your teenagers learn more about substances and their harmful effects. The series is available in the SAMHSA Store for free download ➡️ fal.cn/3kuPL
Girl2Girl and IN·clued both address sexual health disparities affecting #LGBTQ+ youth across the country. These are the first programs proven effective for their communities of focus. opa.hhs.gov/TPPTier2BEvalu…
Have a safe school year! Getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19 takes 5-6 weeks, depending on the vaccine. Students ages 12 and older are currently eligible. Find vaccines near you at vaccines.gov.
If you’re concerned about your child’s mental health, where do you begin? Start by talking with your child’s teacher or ask your family health care provider for a referral to a mental health care provider who focuses on children. Learn more: go.usa.gov/xFE7x. #Backtoschool
#Medicaid and #CHIP coverage should be renewed annually. Families already enrolled should confirm their address on file is up-to-date, especially if they have moved in the last year. Find state contact information: go.hc.gov/3lBWNs6#Enroll365
Getting vaccinated against #COVID19 is the best thing to do for everyone’s health. Your COVID-19 vaccine helps protect you, and it helps protect others like children too young to get vaccinated or those with weakened immune systems.
Get your vaccine: vaccines.gov.
Some of the best advice on how to support young people comes from young people themselves. As we head #BacktoSchool, Luke Chacko has advice for what youth should know about protecting their #MentalHealth. #YouthVoices
School may look different for kids across the nation this fall. Make sure you’re prepared for the school year – and get health coverage through #Medicaid and #CHIP. Don't forget to renew each year! Find out more: go.usa.gov/xFyJa#Enroll365
💚#BeThe1Too learn the warning signs of suicide and help someone in your life who may be in crisis.
💚 Understanding the issues concerning suicide an#MentalHealthth is an important way to take part i#SuicidePreventionon and helping othersPG
The ABCD Study—a long-term #NIH research initiative on brain development and child health—adapted its research to collect valuable data on how children and their families have been impacted by #COVID19. Learn more:
Across states, fewer than half of high schools and less than one-fifth of middle schools teach key topics for #SexualHealth education. Our What Works series looks at what makes a quality #SexEd program in schools: go.usa.gov/xHZm9
Eating disorders are serious medical illnesses, and the way we talk about them matters. Here are some facts you can use to help shape the conversation around eating disorders. Learn more by visiting: go.usa.gov/xFP44. #Backtoschool
#MentalHealth is an important part of overall health and well-being, yet mental illness affects millions of people and their families nationwide.
Know that treatment for mental illness is effective — and help is a phone call away.
Meats and meat alternates provide nutrients important for growth and health such as protein, B vitamins, and minerals such as iron, zinc, and magnesium. Get ideas for your lunch and supper menus in the CACFP: ow.ly/99ah50FLWnm
Declines in cigarette smoking led to declines in overall cancer deaths and lung cancer deaths. Learn more in the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer: bit.ly/3hxVW96. #CancerAnnualReport
Exercising is important for your physical and mental health, but please make sure you are taking precautions when visiting fitness centers and gyms to reduce exposure and transmission of #COVID19. Need tips, visit: go.usa.gov/xF9MS
If you’ve already had #COVID19, you should still get a COVID-19 #vaccine. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines provide added protection to your immune system. COVID-19 vaccination helps protect you from serious illness if you get sick again. Learn more: bit.ly/3btJaFU.
This upcoming school year may feel different for a lot of students physically returning to the classroom. If you’re a parent, guardian or caregiver, use this checklist to help keep your kids safe during in-person learning: go.usa.gov/x6G5A
#Parents: Keep children from getting or spreading #COVID19 at child care. Keep them home if sick. If they are 2 & older & not vaccinated against COVID-19, they should wear a fitted mask over their mouth & nose while indoors & in crowded outdoor spaces. bit.ly/3e2aiN0.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans is an essential resource for health professionals that provides evidence-based, community-level interventions and offers tips on how to encourage people to be active. Download it here. health.gov/sites/default/…