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The Youth Mental Health Project is a grassroots organization whose primary purpose is to educate and support parents and key stakeholders so they can nurture the mental health and well-being of children, and effectively recognize warning signs, advocate on their behalf, and mitigate the impact of mental illness on their children’s ability to thrive.


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1 in 5 kids has a diagnosable mental health condition


Suicide is the second leading cause of death among persons aged 10–24 years in the United StatesCenter for Disease Control 2015

The Opportunity.


All children have mental health – just like physical health

Important at every stage of life, mental health affects the way a person thinks, feels, relates to others, and behaves. By inspiring open conversations about mental health, The Youth Mental Health Project creates opportunities for communities to promote education, awareness and understanding of how to care for and support the whole child.

  • Mental health lies on a continuum and includes our emotional, psychological and social well being.
  • 1 in 5 children have a diagnosable mental health condition.
  • 5 in 5 children have mental health.
  • A healthy mind is as important to a child’s development as a healthy body.
  • Research is clear that brain development begins in the womb.
  • Mental health plays a critical role in shaping a child’s social, emotional and cognitive development.

We have an opportunity to shift perceptions about the mental health of youth. Through mental health literacy, we can reduce the number of children who struggle with a diagnosable mental health disorder and improve lifelong outcomes. Mental health doesn’t have to be a difficult topic; The Youth Mental Health Project has the tools to help.


“Emotional wellbeing, social competence, and cognitive abilities together are the bricks and mortar that comprise the foundation of human development. When parents, informal community programs, and professional early childhood services pay attention to young children’s emotional and social needs, as well as to their mastery of literacy and cognitive skills, they have maximum impact on the development of sturdy brain architecture and preparation for success in school.”
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

OF ALL LIFETIME
CASES OF
MENTAL ILLNESS
0%
BEGIN BY AGE 14
and 75% BY AGE 24*

OF STUDENTS AGE 14 OR OLDER WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
0%
DROP OUT OF
HIGH SCHOOL*

OF YOUTH IN STATE & LOCAL JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEMS
0%
HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS*
OF THOSE
WHO DIED BY
SUICIDE
0%
HAD UNDERLYING MENTAL ILLNESS*

*National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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