Young Adults

“We need to ask for help when we need help. We need to hold out our hand and offer our hand and support each other because we never know what’s beyond those layers.” – Amanda Lipp

Whether you’re starting college or transitioning into adult life, your late teens and early twenties can be a seriously exciting but stressful time. It’s also pretty common for the first signs of mental health problems to show up at this age. If you’re unsure about whether your symptoms are part of typical life stress or something more, talk to someone about it. Talking to a professional about your mental health concerns can be a helpful way to ease through important life transitions.

Especially during periods of transition, mental health matters. You can explore our resources to find out how to help yourself or a friend, or join others who are using their creativity to change how people talk about mental health.

Stories of Young Adults and Mental Health

Check out these first-person stories of hope, resilience and recovery from young adults. They are helping change how we think about mental health, and you can too!

Know the Signs

The Know the Signs campaign prepares Californians to prevent suicide by knowing and recognizing the warning signs, finding the words to offer support and reaching out to local resources.

This program is also available in Spanish. See the Reconozca las Señales campaign at

A variety of Asian languages can be found at

Directing Change

The Directing Change program invites high school and UC students throughout California to submit 60-second films in two categories: suicide prevention and ending the silence of mental illness. The program website offers information about the program, a wide range of educational resources for students and schools and student-produced films that can be viewed and downloaded.

Be True and Be You LGBTQ Mental Health Booklet

Be True and Be You is a booklet written and produced with the help of LGBTQ teens from across California. This booklet includes descriptions of mental health challenges commonly faced by teens, as well as mental health myths and facts, and ways for youth and young adults to handle stressful and/or difficult situations.

California Community College Student Mental Health Program

The California Community College Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP) provides information and support for the mental health needs of California community college students.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Lifeline Crisis Chat: (available 24/7)
Need help now? Text "START" to 741-741

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
The Trevor Lifeline: (866)-488-7386
TrevorChat is available 7 days a week (1pm- 6pm PST) at

More Resources

Looking for more?

You can find even more resources created by national, state, and community based organizations.

See our partners page.

Do you work with people from Diverse Communities?

Find resources and tools for professionals and Diverse Community leaders.

See the Each Mind Matters Program and Resource Catalogue.

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