Special Issue "Youth Mental Health and Family Support"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Community Care".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Lisa M. Stewart
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Guest Editor
Department of Social Work, California State University Monterey Bay, Monterey, CA 93955, USA
Interests: children’s mental health and family; work and community support; social sustainability
Dr. Claudia Sellmaier
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Guest Editor
School of Social Work & Criminal Justice, University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA
Interests: resilience and economic security at the intersection of disability and community
Dr. Eileen Brennan
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Guest Editor
Portland State University, Portland, OR 97201, USA
Interests: children’s/youth mental health and family support; social sustainability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Young people experiencing mental health difficulties often receive treatment and support in their own communities, while living with family members. This Special Issue focuses on innovation in community-based care for young people aged 6–29, and on identifying supportive approaches that foster their success in school, higher education, employment, and social relationships. Of particular interest are services focused on youth aged 14–29 who need support to successfully transition to adulthood. Additionally, papers can examine ways in which families obtain support making it possible for young people to live in their homes or the community while they develop coping skills and successfully integrate into key settings. Particularly welcome are papers focusing on innovative strategies such as peer support for both young people experiencing mental health challenges and their family members. Of considerable interest are ways in which family members manage to care for the young people and engage in employment. We encourage the submission of articles examining social and cultural influences on these processes, and proposing and testing culturally appropriate supports for youth and family. Papers that report original quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research, reviews of existing research studies, cross-national comparisons, and theoretical examinations of the topic are also welcomed.

Dr. Lisa M. Stewart
Dr. Claudia Sellmaier
Dr. Eileen Brennan
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Healthcare is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Community-based mental health services
  • Culturally –appropriate supports
  • School aged youth
  • Transition-aged young people
  • Peer support
  • Family support
  • Social determinants of health

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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