Rising Mental Health Needs of
Teens & Young Adults


In light of pandemic-related isolation conditions and the compounded chronic stress of 2020, we spoke with faith leaders and experts about the mental health of teens and young adults. With rising rates of suicide and mental health crises among our young people, it is more important than ever to address the care strategies every chaplain and congregational leader should know. On September 2, 2020 the Rev. Dr. Katie Givens Kime, Director of Religion and Civic Engagement at Odyssey Impact led a panel of faith leaders and chaplains working on the front line with young adults and teens who shared their wide-ranging experiences in responding in this moment.

It’s ok to not be ok. And it's ok to remember that we can go through hard times and we can process those hard times together.

Resources to help lead congregations, communities and classroom discussions on the mental health of teens and young adults.

To help you in your work, please review the video excerpts of the intimate conversation, curated by Rev. Dr. Jill Snodgrass, Loyola University, along with brief expert reflections, discussion questions and suggested additional resources.

Toxic Positivity:
When the Glass Half Full Overflows

Curated Video Clip #1

Duration [4:31-5:53]

Intersectionality and the Stigma
of Mental Illness

Curated Video Clip #2

Duration [24:21-31:11]

Care Strategies to Come Alongside
Teens and Young Adults

Curated Video Clip #3

Duration [40:38-41:15, 42:45-45:30, 45:57-47:30]

Expert Reflection and Discussion Guide

We hope that the accompanying written resources will support you in your work while leading your congregations and in educational settings during this time. We have heard from our wider network that these “bite-sized” resources are ideal for clergy cohort groups, deacon/congregational care teams, seminary education modules, and general faith leader edification and support.

Rev. Dr. Jill Snodgrass

For these curated video clips and written resources, we are grateful to Rev. Dr. Jill Snodgrass of Loyola University, a pastoral counselor and ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.

[When] we talk about suicide and mental illness, it is so important for us to also connect the dots to the ways in which social injustice and health care disparities also impact one's mental health.

Panel Moderator:

Rev. Dr. Katie Givens Kime

Director of Religion and Civic Engagement
Odyssey Impact


Imam Jawad Bayat

Chaplain and ACPE Educator
Center for Spiritual Care
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Rev. Dr. Danielle J. Buhuro

ACPE Certified Educator/CPE Supervisor
Advocate South Suburban Hospital & Advocate Trinity Hospital
Chicago, IL

Rolf R. Nolasco, Jr.

Professor of Pastoral Theology
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Evanston, IL

Daniel Warshawsky

Branch Engagement Director
United Synagogue Youth
Chicago, IL

Rev. Dr. Scott Weimer

Senior Pastor (recently retired)
North Ave. Presbyterian Church
Atlanta, GA

Special thanks to our Co-Presenting Partners on this Live Town Hall:

The information contained on this website is drawn from a variety of sources about mental illness; however it is not a comprehensive study and the information is not intended to be used as a diagnostic tool. While through this website you are able to link to other websites, each website is independently operated and is responsible for the information contained on their site. We encourage anyone who thinks they may have a mental illness problem to seek out a qualified professional.

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