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Advice to Young Adults From Young Adults: Helpful Hints for Policy Change in the Mental Health System

Koroloff, N.M., Friesen, B.J., Buekea, N.
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Pathways Research and Training Center, Portland State University, Portland, OR


This tip sheet is designed for use by youth- and young-adult-led organizations that include young people with lived experience in the mental health system in their membership. The recommendations and quotes came from a series of interviews with young adult leaders from advocacy groups that focus on mental health challenges or living in foster care. The action steps for achieving policy change relayed by the interviewees include: 1) Develop a clear focus; 2) Seek information; 3) Establish partnerships; 4) Find champions; 5) Emphasize lived experience; and 6) Never give up. 


Available for download free of charge from Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University at….

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