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Study: Kind Communities – A Bridge to Youth Mental Wellness

friendship-2156174_640The Born This Way Foundation commissioned a study through Benenson Strategy Group, who surveyed over 3,000 young people between the ages 15-24 and over 1,000 parents, asking questions about mental health and wellness.

The results of the study, “Kind Communities – A Bridge to Youth Mental Wellness”, will be used to raise awareness about mental health and well being and to provide people with helpful information that’s relevant to their own lives. 

View a presentation of the study highlights:

Some of the key findings include:

  • Kindness matters. Young people who describe their environments as kind are more likely to be mentally healthy. That’s true for youth in high schools, colleges, and the workplace.
  • Peer networks matter. Youth rely on a small set of close friends for support. And while young people also talk with their parents about important issues, parents don’t necessarily understand what’s going on with their children emotionally or what they’re willing to discuss.
  • Mental health resources matter. Young people with access to tangible resources are more mentally healthy. Furthermore, youth want to empower themselves with knowledge and skills to support their own wellness – and assist a friend who might be in crisis – but we need to do a better job providing those resources.

The full report [slide show presentation] is available here on the Born the Way Foundation website.


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