May 19, 2021

If we've learned one thing from the pandemic, it's that none of us are superhuman. #JustAsk is a multimedia campaign to help young adults take control of their mental health by reaching out to friends, families, and resources to provide support.

Young adults are feeling the effects of the pandemic. For many, the transition to adulthood was disrupted by the pandemic, with changes to rites of passage such as moving away from home for college, making new friends, and starting new jobs and careers.

As a result, research indicates that young adults (ages 18-24) have been disproportionally affected – 56% report symptoms of anxiety or depression, compared to 41% for other adults. Young adults also are more likely than other age groups to report increased substance use and suicidal thoughts during the pandemic.

A new multimedia campaign, launched by MAMH during May is Mental Health Month, empowers young adults to take charge of their mental health with a simple suggestion – #JustAsk.

The #JustAsk campaign highlights our own social networks as a resource, encouraging individuals to reach out to trusted friends and family members for support. Free resources – like articles, support groups and a searchable directory of service providers – can be found on Network of Care Massachusetts. Other resources provided by the Commonwealth are available for young adults who need more support. For example, Mass 211 can connect a caller with critical health and human services or someone to talk to.

Links to these resources - plus a free communications toolkit with video links, sample social media messages, images, and more - are available at www.mamh.org/justask.

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