Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Human Development & Family Science


Human Development & Family Studies


This capstone project focuses on adolescents’ mental health and well-being. Before the age of twenty-five 70% of mental health disorders start to develop which is why it’s important to teach adolescents ways to improve their mental well-being along with the signs of mental disorders (Kutcher et al., 2008). According to the World Health Organization, many of those adolescents' mental health conditions go unrecognized or untreated. Those illnesses often go unrecognized and untreated because of the stigma that follows mental health including cultural differences. Because of those differences, many adolescents will go into adulthood still struggling with their mental well-being and being unable to cope with life stressors because of the little knowledge they have. Since there is a stigma around mental health there is a need to educate adolescents about mental health and show them ways they can better their mental health. To help inform adolescents about mental health I created a one-day workshop that would educate them about mental health illnesses common in the adolescent years, along with factors that contribute to poor mental health and coping strategies they can use when faced with life stressors. The workshop was taught in a rural community school called Chualar Union School and was taught to early adolescents ranging from the ages of 11-13.