RHY Resources

Tip Sheet on Social Media Advertising for Nonprofits

SAMHSA has developed a tip sheet describing the basics of social media advertising, when to use it, and how to evaluate its effectiveness. Primarily focused on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the tip sheet also includes links to additional resources—for example, Pew Research Center’s Social Media Guide and a Sprout Social resource that includes other key platforms like LinkedIn and Snapchat.

Download the tip sheet at



Cell Phone-Based Mental Health Treatment for Homeless Youth

A recent study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research examined the feasibility of delivering mental health services to RHY via mobile phone. Thirty-five young adults ages 18-24 in Chicago shelters were given activated cell phones, taught to use mental health apps, and invited to engage in phone therapy sessions and text chats with clinicians. Results showed the majority followed through with mobile therapy and texting interactions, which they reported were satisfying and they would recommend to peers. Though no significant clinical improvements were found in the small sample, researchers concluded that smartphone-based therapeutic services could be successfully used by young people experiencing homelessness.

Read the entire study at https://mhealth.jmir.org/2019/7/e12347/


Addressing Shame and Stigma around Homelessness

A recent study of RHY in Ireland suggests that shame and stigma act as significant barriers to homeless youth seeking help. In order to combat youth homelessness and associated feelings of shamefulness and stigmatization, researchers are testing a single-session intervention called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and finding positive results. ACT shows people that external, socio-political, and environmental factors play a big part in their homelessness; that it isn’t “all their fault” and that they can choose to reject negative labels assigned to those experiencing homelessness.

Read the Irish Times article online at https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/a-new-therapeutic-approach-to-helping-young-homeless-people-1.3915474


“Smaller” Youth Populations Input on Mental Health

A recent report from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) examines the mental health needs and opinions of 26 young adults ages 16-25 living in poverty in marginalized, small and hard to reach communities—populations whose small size often relegates their input to an “asterisk” in large-scale studies. Participants’ unique perspectives, collected via focus group discussions and featured in the report, include ideas on health insurance, how they define mental health, and how to improve access to mental health care.

Read the full report at https://www.cmhnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019_behindtheasterisk.pdf


2019 Trafficking in Persons Report Released

The annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, compiled by the U.S. Department of State, discusses what countries and governments, including the U.S. Government, are doing to effectively respond to human trafficking.  This year’s report highlights the full meaning of the Palerno Protocol, shares a check-list to integrate survivor voices into program planning, and calls for enhancing data sharing among U.S. stake holders.  Here are some highlights from the report that may be useful for RHY grantees.

  • Promoting Human Trafficking Survivor Leadership and Input (pp.24-25)
  • The United States of America Status and Recommendations (pp.484-490)

You can check out these highlights and download the full report at https://www.state.gov/reports/2019-trafficking-in-persons-report/

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