CLASP has released a new report, Behind the Asterisk*: Perspectives on Young Adult Mental Health from "Small and Hard-to-Reach" Communities. It reports on the lived experiences of marginalized youth and young adults living in poverty. Their voices are the driving force behind our policy recommendations and serve as a first step to better meet their mental health needs.
Behind the Asterisk* describes findings from focus groups in "small and hard-to-reach" white rural; Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI); and, urban Native American communities, along with a diverse group of young adults experiencing homelessness. These communities are often relegated to an "asterisk" in research and excluded from national policy discourse because their numbers are too small to be considered reliable or are hard to reach using typical research methods.
Behind the Asterisk* concludes with 10 high-mpact policy recommendations for systems reform and mental health equity.