Mental Health of Hawaiʻi’s Youth

Scheduled guests:

  • Keli Aquaro, Acting Administrator – Hawaii Health Department Mental Health Division for Child & Adolescents
  • Raphael Stark, CHATS Founder (CHATS is a support group for Hawaiʻi teens who stutter) (recipient of the 2022 Youth Mental Health Advocate Award from Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi)
  • Lawaiʻa Naihe, Hoakeolapono Trades Academy Executive Director (Kauaʻi non-profit that assists young people develop construction skills)
  • Britt Young, Family Therapist, Xplor Counseling

Need help?  Here are some Resources:

Individuals needing crisis, mental health, and substance use support services can call, text, or chat 988 for the Hawai‘i CARES 988 free 24/7 call center; or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting ALOHA to 741741. If you are in an emergency or if you fear you are in danger, please call or text 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. For more information about children’s mental health services, visit