This study is the first step of an innovative research agenda focusing on the development and effectiveness of a mobile webpage for young adolescents in distress. This framework aligns with HHS’s priority area of creating upstream prevention services to children who are at a heightened risk for mental health concerns and suicidal behaviors.

In this study, we target Latino adolescents. Both research sites (Mendez Middle School and the Children’s Wellness Clinic) serve a large Latino population that affords the opportunity to create a targeted intervention with an underserved and high-risk group.

Quantitative data will be collected via questionnaires assessing Internet/social media knowledge/usage, help-seeking attitudes and behaviors. Qualitative data will be gathered through a series of focus groups with adolescents and parents. The final paper prototypes will be presented to all focus group participants for their comments and feedback.