Supporting Mental Health Needs of Youth

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The youth mental health crisis is a globally recognized epidemic. When we consider the impact of growing mental health needs on populations who are more vulnerable to mental illness because of their lived circumstances, it is evident that the youth service field needs to prioritize supporting the mental health needs of young people.

Panel Question: What ways can youth mental health be supported outside of traditional medical structures?This interactive webinar and panel discussion, led by the Youth Catalyst Team, focused on understanding mental health and its intersections. Participants explored innovative ways to support and provide resources for youth impacted by mental health needs, with attention given to the unique demands of Black, Brown, LGBTQIA2S+, and disabled youth. Individual, familial, communal, environmental, and societal factors have been identified as impacting mental health. Through this session, participants engaged in examining the role systems and programs play in influencing mental health outcomes for youth. 


  • Diamond Dumas (they/them) | Training + Capacity Building Manager, Youth Housing Justice
  • Jamila Furtch (she/her) | Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia, a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, and a Certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapist
  • Deandre Avant (he/him) | Former Youth Catalyst Team Consultant and currently an Architectural Intern, Boston Architectural College
  • Rachel Litchman (she/her) | Youth Catalyst Team Consultant, Youth Collaboratory  
  • Martine Jones (she/her) | Training & Capacity-Building Associate, Youth Housing Justice, Youth Collaboratory 

Non-traditional Modalities Working with Youth and Mental IllnessObjectives:

  • Identify strengths and weaknesses within organizational approaches to addressing mental health needs of marginalized populations.  
  • Learn innovative ways to support youth mental health and gain resources to directly support youth.  
  • Strengthen the understanding that mental health is intersectional and a contributing factor to overall health.
  • Increase the ability to meet the unique mental health needs of youth.  
  • Explore trauma informed practices to support youth mental health needs. 

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This webinar and panel were recorded on September 18, 2023.

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