Discussion Questions for Transition Aged Youth with Mental Illness
- Do you know anyone (even yourself) who fits the description of Transition Aged Youth? If so, what did you learn from this show that you will share with that person?
- What do you think about having Transition Aged Youth being a separate group with regard to mental health services? What makes them unique?
- Onset of psychosis is in this age range
- Involvement in foster care
- Involvement in juvenile justice
- Family dynamics of the family that the youth lives with
- Lack of support from peers
- Alcohol and/or drug abuse
- Problems in school
- Why do you think these youth are not correctly diagnosed when mental health trouble first starts?
- What did you think about the services that Alameda County is now providing to transition aged youth? Which of those appeals to you?
- What did you think of Sabirah’s story of what she went through in her struggles with mental health problems as a transition aged youth? Does anything about her story inspire you? Does anything about it make you sad or angry?
- Sabirah said that things began to turn around when she was correctly diagnosed and treated and when she started participating in an arts program. Why do you think that her life was significantly improved by involvement in the arts? Why the arts?
- What do you think of the artwork and music at the end of the show from two transition aged youths in Sabirah’s program?
These questions are to provide family and peer discussion and education. The information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical or psychological condition. If you think someone is too fragile to be part of the discussion, please have them consult their mental health care provider for individual advice regarding the situation.