Young people need an outlet. One just for us. High school and college can be tough and there can be a lot of pressure to succeed without ways for us to take care of ourselves. If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, remember that you are not alone.

Back To School

Getting ready for school and walking into your first class can be a lot. Classwork, friendships, and just school itself can trigger feelings and emotions. And if you’re dealing with anxiety, depression, PTSD, or other mental health concerns, going back to school takes extra work, focus, and support.

That’s OK! You’re not alone. Taking care of yourself and getting the support you need is all a part of what it means to prepare to go back to school.

Get ready for school with these tips, resources, and events.

Tips to manage back to school anxiety

Heading back to school is both exciting and stressful. Here are 5 things to keep in mind to support yourself this fall.

  1. You don’t have to be perfect. You just need to be you. 
  2. Develop a growth mindset. Be intentional about learning from each experience, and affirm your vision of self-determination and a positive future.
  3. Take time to plan. Remember to breathe — and then make a to-do list. 
  4. Tap into your culture — and find the joys and grounding of your heritage and traditions.
  5. Choose supportive friends and mentors to center and validate you.

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Grounding for Growth

Cultivating resilience through change and uncertainty

Amid so much rapid social, political, and economic change, one thing is sure, being back at school is different this year. Given all that is happening in our world, returning to school can spark new and complex feelings for young people of color. 

Watch this lively discussion with youth and mental health experts discussing the needs of BIPOC students as they navigate uncharted waters in the months ahead.

In crisis? Take action.

If a loved one is having thoughts of suicide, please take action.
Crisis Text Line: Text STEVE to 741741  
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Call or Text 988
Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ youth: Call 866-488-7386

Expert Resources

More on warning signs from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Upcoming Event

Grounding for Growth: Cultivating Student resilience through change and uncertainty

Amid so much rapid social, political, and economic change, one thing is sure: returning to school this year will be different from years past. Given all that is happening in our world, returning to school can spark new and complex feelings for young people of color.

We invite parents and caregivers to join the Steve Fund’s Community Conversation to explore ways to ground ourselves and foster resilience among the youth in our lives as they head off to school or college this fall. This online event will feature youth and mental health experts discussing the needs of BIPOC students as they navigate uncharted waters in the months ahead.

Evokate App

The Steve Fund worked on this app to address the intersection of mental health and advocacy.

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Outside In

Kendellyn M. Duncan (15 years old)

Our friend Kendellyn talks about gun violence and the emotional impact on our generation — and pleads with adults to make changes to protect us.

It seems like a day doesn’t go by without us facing yet another community trauma. The impact on our emotions can be hard to handle and the mental health implications are real — anxiety, depression, stress, you name it

Together, we can find the help, hope, and healing we need to thrive. As young people of color, we rely on each other and our communities to build resilience and gain the skills we need to succeed in school and in life.

Focusing & Relaxation Guides

Dr. Adigun

We all have a lot on our minds and it’s become harder and harder to stay present. Dr. Adigun will take you through two helpful exercises to center yourself.

Your Story is Our Story

My mental health matters because I matter and so does the mental health of our community.

Jenny

“Trying to attain some kind of success in this country has shown me so much about what power and privilege looks like.”

Jonathan

“There was a lot of grappling with identity, how I show up in the world… That’s hard to prepare for as a 17 year-old person. There was a lot of disconnecting from my feelings in order to push through what needed to be done.”

Noor

“I don’t think I’ve ever known a world without Islamophobia… And I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder… I felt hopeless about the future but then I’d feel I could do it. Having that emotional turmoil was so detrimental.”

Share Your Story

When we share our stories, we feel less alone.

Youth Advisory Board Speaks

The Steve Fund Youth Advisory Board partners with students of color in high schools and colleges across the US. Together, we talk about our mental health and wellbeing and what we all face — from ongoing issues and needs to finding the help and support we need.

1. Raise awareness of our experiences and needs.

By supporting each other, we build knowledge and understanding of issues affecting the mental health and wellness of young people of color and become advocates and leaders in the mental health field.

2. Build community.

We connect with peers from across the country who are also passionate and committed to mental health and communities of color.

3. Strengthen leadership skills.

We gain leadership skills and experience through public speaking, writing, and advocacy activities.

4. Increase understanding.

We learn firsthand about how a national nonprofit organization leverages its relationships and operations to advance equity in mental health.

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If you are interested in joining the Youth Advisory Board or have any questions about the work we do, please contact yab@stevefund.org.

SpeakOnIt! Podcast

The Steve Fund’s SpeakOnIt! Podcast brings students and professionals together to discuss topics related to mental health and the challenges that Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color may face at school, at home, and in life.

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Our Mission: Promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color