RESOURCES FOR YOUTH
This resource features five curated scholarships endorsed by the American Psychology Association and a customizable database that allows students to search for psychology scholarships based on their interests, education level and state.
After research into mental illness among students, BestColleges.com realized those struggling with mental illness contend with a true disability that requires the full support of their learning community. They published their College Guide for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities as a way to start a conversation about this issue.
For financially disadvantaged families for assistance with utility, energy, mortgage, rent, medication, education and medical bills.
StrengthofUs is an online community designed to inspire young adults impacted by mental health issues to think positive, stay strong, and achieve their goals through peer support and resource sharing.
Created specifically to support presentations about mental health to students on college campuses, Raising Mental Health Awareness is a toolkit that provides all of the resources necessary for a successful educational and discussion presentation.
The mission of I Need A Lighthouse, Inc. is to significantly reduce the loss and suffering from teen and young adult depression, suicide, and suicidal behavior through educational programs and community partnerships. For more information, call 757-499-2041 or
757-828-NAMI, check your school website, or ask an AP Psychology Teacher.
Lighthouse Psychology clubs are currently at:
Bayside High School
Teens and young adults who live with mental illness can feel hopeless and alone. Many don’t know what’s wrong with them but feel like it’s their fault. Those who understand what is happening fear they can’t be helped. Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, it’s often hard for those suffering and their families and friends to talk about what they’re going through. But help is available, and it works.
The goal of OK2TALK is to create a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourage them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle, or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing creative content such as poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics, and messages of support in a safe, moderated space. We hope this is the first step towards getting help and feeling better.
One in five teens lives with a mental health condition and yet more than half are not getting the help they need. Stigma remains a huge barrier to teens seeking help. Many cite fear of negative perceptions as a major factor in choosing not to speak up.
Raising awareness by sharing information and starting conversations about mental health is key in reducing these perceptions and increasing the likelihood that teens will seek mental health care when they need it. NAMI is committed to helping start those conversations. We have created Say it Out Loud to get teens talking about mental health.
The Virginia Family Network is a grassroots network of families committed to providing opportunities that support, educate, and empower other families with children and youth with mental health needs while also promoting family driven and youth guided policy throughout the child serving systems. The initiative is designed to “meet the family where they are” through activities such as providing support groups, training, resources, and mentorship from other families with children and youth with mental health needs.
Contact Stephany Melton Hardison, Director of Children and Youth Policy and Programs, at or (804) 285-8264 x 206 for more information.
To address the unique needs of youth and children in the mental health system, the Virginia Family Network has launched an effort to create a grassroots peer to peer youth support network. This Statewide Youth Network would not only be a source of empowerment for youth to be active guides of their own care, but, much like the mission of the VFN, are also actively engaged in affecting change for all youth and families.
Current efforts that specifically address youth include a weekly activity-based group for youth ages 12-18 called Hope Voice and the development of NAMI Virginia's first ever Youth Advisory Board. The VFN is also in the process of developing a youth leadership training for young adults who are interested in leading their own youth groups.
In 2014, NAMI Virginia Beach began awarding a scholarship to a student in the Virgina Beach School system as a means of promoting awareness of NAMI and its role in the community. It also allowed NAMI to recognize students who demonstrated a passion for helping others by their involvement in issues concerning to mental health.
The scholarship was named for Stephen Palmer Shaw who lived with passion, a positive sense of urgency, and an unwavering commitment to helping others. A Special Agent with the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), Stephen was killed, while with his team, on a tactical training assignment off the coast of Virginia Beach, VA on May 17, 2013.