The increased anxiety, social isolation, and uncertainty brought on by COVID-19 have highlighted the disparity in access to quality Mental Health and Wellness (MHW) resources within the communities served by DOL YouthBuild programs. 
Historical mistrust, low-quality services, and the cultural stigma associated with seeking “help” in some of these communities are a few of the contributing factors leading to poor MHW outcomes. This tip sheet will offer grantees adaptable, evidence-based, trauma-informed approaches to recognize the symptoms of common mental health conditions; offer wellness-focused tools to better respond to the needs of program participants, staff, and alumni; and understand the pervasiveness of mental health conditions.