Experts agree that during the developmental phase of young adulthood, the major tasks for young people (ages 18 – 25) are to establish independence, take responsibility for their emotional well-being, and identify and develop intimacy. Young adults are in a defining life stage as they establish connections, habits, and behaviors that have a lifelong impact on their career, family, finances, and health.
We are joined by Julie Nicknair-Keon, LCMHC, with Warren Street Family Counseling Associates in Concord and Ashley Desrochers, Public Health Program Manager with the Strafford County Public Health Network, to talk about what they’ve seen in terms of supporting young adults during this phase in their development. They will talk about the findings from a study the NH Department of Health and Human Services conducted as part of the project Voices of NH Young Adults. The purpose of the survey was to better understand why our young adults are struggling and how their unique challenges can be addressed.
Explore more on the topics and themes discussed in this episode:
Partnership @drugfreeNH – Young Adult Resources – Find resources to support young adults in exploring and securing their identity, independence and intimacy, and becoming responsible adults who create happy and healthy families, develop into strong leaders, and contribute to a vibrant workforce and economy.
2019 NH Young Adult Assessment – Download a copy of the full report.
Botvin LifeSkills(™) – Evidence-based prevention programs for schools, communities and families.
Mental Health First Aid™ – Learn how to help a youth, teen or adult cope with a developing mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. This eight-hour training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
Stay Work Play – A statewide organization creating opportunities and the conditions for young people to stay, work and play in NH.
The Doorway NH – A statewide service that supports any NH resident, of any age, with a substance or alcohol concern or issue.
NH 211 – A comprehensive source of information about local resources and services to help you take care of yourself.