Health and Wellness for Teen Girls and Women with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
Family Resource Brief
- View the Community
Services Locator: An Online Directory for Finding
Community Services for Children and Families, and, in particular, the Family
Support and Health
and Wellness sections.
- Bring Change 2 Mind (BC2M). Facts, video clips, stories, and other tools about removing the stigma and discrimination of mental illness.
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA): FacingUs.org Online Clubhouse. Inspiration and support for those living with depression and bipolar disorder to create their own personal wellness tools to aid on the road to recovery.
- FamilyDoctor.org: Mind/Body Connection: How Your Emotions Affect Your Health. Information about how your emotions can affect health and how to improve your emotional health.
- Helpguide.org Information on a wide range of mental health and healthy living topics.
- Mental Health America. Information about living well, mental health challenges, and finding help. Topics include co-occurring disorders, coping with stress, depression in women, eating with mental health in mind, postpartum disorders, self-injury, social support, substance abuse, suicide, and much more.
- Million Hearts® Initiative. Information about risk factors, prevention, and consequences and costs of heart disease and stroke. Risk factors include having a mental health or behavioral health challenge.
- Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness. A documentary and collection of resources about mental illness in America, our broken mental health care system, and how to combat stigma and mobilize to improve support and treatment for people with mental illness. Presents information about the science of mental illness, mental illness and the law, criminal justice and mental illness, and new approaches to treatment and recovery. Also includes tools for beginning a conversation about mental illness in homes and communities.
- National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI) Hearts and Minds. Information about wellness in mind and body for women and men. Topics include medical self-advocacy, tobacco and substance use, the risk of heart disease and diabetes for people with mental illness, healthy eating, exercise, and mindfulness.
- National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health: Survivors. Information about how abuse may affect mental health and create obstacles to safety, well-being, and life goals. See the tip sheets, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coercion (2011), How Abuse Might Affect Your Mental Health (2011), Making the Decision to Talk to Someone About Being Abused (2011), and When Someone You Know is Being Abused (2011).
- National Mental Health Consumer’s Self-Help Clearinghouse. Tools for organizing and sustaining self-help groups and for teaching self-advocacy skills to people with mental health challenges. Gives information and news about specific mental health conditions and general mental health topics such as the mental health parity law and health reform.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Wellness Initiative. Information about the many ways wellness can improve the quality of life and increase life expectancy for people with mental health and substance use disorders. Features the eight dimensions of wellness, resources in English and Spanish for National Wellness Week and an infographic.
- womenshealth.gov: Mental Health. Information in English and Spanish about mental health and nutrition, exercise, sleep, and managing stress. Also includes information about mental health conditions, what to do when you need help, your rights, and preventing suicide.
- Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health. 2009. Women’s
Mental Health: What It Means to You. Washington, DC: Department of Health
and Human Services. This booklet discusses the unique mental health needs of
women and girls and provides tips on recognizing signs of mental illness and
seek help. Topics include the stigma associated with mental health, adolescent
suicide prevention, eating disorders, pregnancy and postpartum depression,
menopause, trauma, violence, and abuse. A resource guide lists
agencies and organizations as well as helplines.
- Active Minds: Changing the Conversation about Mental Health. Information about student mental health and resources to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses.
- Balanced Mind Parent Network: Flipswitch—For Girls Only. Information for pre-teen and teen girls with bipolar disorder on how to manage their illness and make good choices.
- Center for Young Women’s Health. Information for teen girls about how to make healthy choices and deal with common problems like stress, depression, friendships, and anger management.
- CopeCareDeal: A Mental Health Site for Teens. Information about mental health challenges and ways to cope with them.
- girlshealth.gov. Information for girls about health, growing up, and issues they may face. See Teen Survival Guide: Health Tips for On-the-Go Girls (2011).
- Half of Us. Information for teens and young adults about mental health problems and substance abuse, how to cope, and how to get help. Includes stories of students and celebrities.
- TeensHealth: Mind. Information in English and Spanish about mental health, feelings and emotions, relationships, body image, and dealing with problems.
- Health Resources and Services Administration, Office on Women’s Health. 2007. Bright Futures:
A Young Woman’s Guide to Emotional Wellness. Rockville, MD: Health Resources
and Services Administration. This guide provides tips on how to
feel your best by appreciating yourself, finding balance and purpose,
and connecting with others. Also available in Spanish.
Learn more about health and wellness for teen girls and women with mental health and substance use disorders.
Need more information? Use the collection of resources that NCEMCH staff have put together for you and your family.
Health and Wellness for Teen Girls and Women
with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: Family Resource Brief.
(August 2014) (Updated: March 2017).
Authors: Marcia S. Roth, M.P.H., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Maternal and Child Health; Amanda Allman, LCSWA, M.P.H., M.S.W., Hope Services, LLC and North Carolina Institute for Public Health, Breanne C. Wilhite, B.S.
Contributors: Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, M.P.H., M.S.W., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Maternal and Child Health and National MCH Workforce Development Center; Sarah Verbiest, DrPH, M.P.H., M.S.W., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Maternal and Infant Health and Every Woman Southeast; Mellanye Lackey, M.S.I., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library; Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., NCEMCH.
Reviewers: Tarsha Cavanaugh, Ph.D., Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Women's Health; Women's Integrated Systems for Health (WISH) Technical Expert Panel, including several members with lived experience with a mental, emotional, or behavioral health condition; Jolene Bertness, M.Ed., NCEMCH; Rochelle Mayer, Ed.D., National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health; Olivia K. Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., NCEMCH.