Creating Lasting Change.


The Youth Mental Health Project is a grassroots organization whose primary purpose is to educate, empower, and support families and communities so they will have knowledge, skills, and resources they need to support the social, emotional, mental, and behavioral health of youth.


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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 States.Center 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.

  • A healthy mind is as important to a child’s development as a healthy body.
  • 1 in 5 children have a diagnosable mental health condition, yet only 20% of those children receive the help they need.
  • Mental health plays a critical role in shaping a child’s social, emotional and cognitive development.

“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 ONE OR MORE MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS*
OF THOSE
WHO DIED BY
SUICIDE
0%
HAD UNDERLYING MENTAL DISORDER*

*National Alliance on Mental Illness.

How to make a difference.

Collaborate

Bring us to your community for a film screening or workshop. Sponsor an affiliate of The Parent Support Network.
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Donate

Your contributions help us support families and communities.
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Events.

Date/Time Event

Tue. January 22, 2019
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Starting The Conversation: The Mental and Emotional Wellness of our Youth
New Canaan Congregational Church, New Canaan CT

Wed. February 13, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Film Screening of NO LETTING GO, CA
Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills CA

Thu. February 21, 2019 - Sat. February 23, 2019


Singapore Mental Health Film Festival
The Projector, Singapore Singapore

Sun. March 3, 2019
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Save A Life
Yorktown High School, Yorktown Heights NY