InFocus: Youth health and wellness issues


Every generation of teens and young adults face different social demands than the generation before. While the advent of the internet and social media has provided educational and job opportunities it has also created a new set of problems like cyber bullying, internet predators and identity theft.

According to a Federal Health and Human services website YOUTH.GOV some of the challenges for youth, especially those transitioning out of child welfare and the foster system, include unstable housing and homelessness, lack of education, job training and employment opportunities, and lack of access to health care to deal with physical, behavioral and mental health. 

In Hampden county alone some 22-percent of youth under age 24 are below the the poverty line, and over 10-thousand persons under age 18 are in foster care.

This Sunday at noon on 22News InFocus we’ll be addressing these and other wellbeing issues that impact youth in our region. Watch LIVE on the air or streaming on your mobile device using the 22News app. And if you miss it, you’ll find it on our website at

Below are links to organizations that provide programs and assistance to youth in need of housing, food, education, medical and other services.

DIAL/SELF Youth and Community Services
(Hampshire and Franklin Counties)
413-774-7054 x 4

Center for Human Development (CHD)  
(Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin Counties)

Behavioral Health Network (BHN)
(Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin Counties)

Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority  
(Berkshire County)
413-443-7138 x 226

Gandara Center
(Hampden County)

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