YouTube Unveils New Features to Support Teen Mental Health and Wellbeing

In a significant step towards promoting mental health and wellbeing, YouTube has rolled out three new features aimed specifically at supporting teenagers on the platform. These updates are designed to help teens manage their screen time, prioritize their mental health, and navigate content safely. Here’s a closer look at these new features and how they aim to make a positive impact on teen users.

1. Limiting Repeated Content Recommendations

One of the most notable updates is YouTube’s effort to limit the recommendation of videos that could be detrimental if watched repeatedly. James Beser, Director of Product Management, highlighted how the platform is focusing on the safety, privacy, and well-being of teens.

YouTube collaborated with an Advisory Committee to identify categories of content that, while harmless as individual videos, could pose risks when viewed repeatedly. These categories include videos that:

  • Compare physical features and idealize certain types over others.
  • Idealize specific fitness levels or body weights.
  • Display social aggression, such as non-contact fights and intimidation.

By curbing the recommendation of such content, YouTube aims to reduce the potential negative impact on teens’ mental health and self-esteem.

2. Take a Break Reminders

To help teens manage their screen time more effectively, YouTube has introduced “Take a Break” reminders. These notifications encourage teens to set boundaries and take breaks from their screens.

This feature, initially launched in 2018, is now more visually prominent and set by default for teen users, triggering every 60 minutes. The reminders will now appear more frequently across long-form videos and Shorts, providing teens with gentle nudges to disconnect and recharge.

3. Crisis Resource Panels

Recognizing the importance of providing immediate support during times of crisis, YouTube is expanding its crisis resource panels into a comprehensive full-page experience. When teens search for sensitive topics such as suicide, self-harm, or eating disorders, the new feature will prompt them to pause and explore health resources.

This full-page experience includes:

  • Prominent resources for third-party crisis hotlines.
  • Suggested prompts to guide search queries toward positive topics like “self-compassion” or “grounding exercises.”

This feature is not limited to teens; it is available for viewers of all ages where crisis resource panels are supported, offering a valuable tool for anyone in need of urgent mental health support.

The Bigger Picture

These initiatives are part of YouTube’s broader commitment to fostering a safe and supportive environment for its users. By implementing these features, YouTube acknowledges the unique challenges faced by teenagers and the critical need for digital platforms to play an active role in supporting mental health.


YouTube’s new features represent a significant advancement in promoting the mental wellbeing of teens. By limiting exposure to potentially harmful content, encouraging healthy screen time habits, and providing access to crisis resources, YouTube is taking proactive steps to ensure a safer, more supportive online environment.

As healthcare professionals, it is important to recognize the role of digital platforms in the mental health of young individuals. Encouraging the use of these features and promoting awareness can help teens navigate their online experiences more safely and healthily.

Stay tuned to our blog for more updates on mental health and digital wellness initiatives. Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

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