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Adolescence (ages 10 – 17) and young adulthood (ages 18 – 25) are crucial developmental periods with physical, emotional and intellectual changes. Teens and young adults also experience changes in social roles, relationships and expectations.

The Indiana Department of Health is working to improve the health of adolescents and young adults by implementing programming, strengthening the capacity of youth serving institutions and eliminating barriers that prohibit teens and young adults from achieving optimal health.

Youth Advisory Board - Apply now! (Applications will be accepted until March 23, 2022)

The Youth Public Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Board is an initiative of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction in partnership with the Indiana Department of Health to seek input from youth across the state of Indiana who are passionate about shaping the future of public health services including suicide prevention programs for their peers.  The Youth Public Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Board will evaluate public health and suicide prevention services for Indiana youth and make recommendations for improving the quality of life for youth across Indiana.

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Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN)

Indiana was selected as one of five states to collaborate and improve depression screening and follow-up for young people. Through participation, Indiana and five other states are working to decrease stigma related to depression screening and increase clinical practices screening for teens and young adults in their states.

  • This CoIIN takes place July 2019 – December 2020;
  • Minnesota, South Carolina, Vermont, and Wisconsin are also participating;
  • Teams will address key drivers of unmet behavioral health needs for teens.

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Additional Resources for Adolescent Health

Children’s Special Healthcare Services

Child Fatality Review

Chronic Disease, Primary Care and Rural Health

HIV Prevention


Minority Health

Nutrition and Physical Activity

Oral Health

Trauma and Injury Prevention Division