As the web manager for the Canadian Home Based Learning Resource Page, I somehow got put on the newsletter mailing list for TeenMentalHealth.org. The latest issue announces the availability of an online resource that's not particularly relevant to homeschoolers, but I'll tell you about it in a bit in case you're curious. Meanwhile, the main reason I'm blogging about this is to let you know of something else I discovered on the Teen Mental Health website: an online or downloadable booklet called Transitions.
Transitions provides first-year university students with information on topics including time management, relationships, sexual activity, mental illness, suicide and addictions. The guide also includes mental health self-help information and contains recommendations where students can go to get help on their campus.
I glanced through it -- you can view it in its entirety for free -- and got the impression that some young people would find it a bit patronizing. But take a look at it to evaluate it for yourself if you're a teen (schooled or homeschooled) who is about to enter university -- you might just find it quite suitable and helpful.
And then... let us know in the comments what you think.
Let us know in the comments, as well, whether you feel the need for more resources that help guide young people through their transition to adulthood. We're about to start a "Career & Education Consultant" or "Guidance Counsellor" category in our Resource Directory listings.
Back to the other Teen Mental Health resource mentioned earlier, for those who are curious. It's called Critically Evaluating School Mental Health (CESMH) and its purpose is to "provide a synthesis of available evidence about school mental health promotion/prevention/intervention programs." The idea is to help Canadian educators choose which school mental health programs to implement.
A pilot project evaluated two programs that are apparently widely disseminated and marketed to schools in North America: Signs of Suicide (SOS) Suicide Prevention Program, and Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program. The key findings were that there is no evidence that application of either of these suicide prevention programs decreases youth suicide, and that there is no research that supports either the safety or cost-effectiveness of either of these programs. So the resulting CESMH Recommendation is that neither the SOS nor Yellow Ribbon suicide prevention programs are recommended for use in schools to decrease rates of youth suicide.