We are Youth4Wellness at Yale. Our purpose is to engage youth from diverse backgrounds in project-based learning initiatives addressing mental health and substance misuse. We believe that youth voice has a powerful role to play in promoting mental health and preventing substance misuse among peers. Working alongside Dr. Fernandes's research project funded by the NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, we are informing the development and evaluation of a culturally-tailored videogame intervention focused on suicide prevention in youth who misuse opioids. Our approach is driven by youth-led participatory action research with the goal of increasing awareness around mental health/substance misuse and normalizing seeking help in our schools and communities.
Check out this brief video about our research project. Fran Giannattasio presented this poster video at the University of Connecticut's mHealth Conference in May 2022.