Together we can change the conversation about youth mental health from one of fear, blame, shame and silence to one of empathy, acceptance and support. Through education, we can improve the lives of families and children by decreasing isolation and encouraging evidence-based methods of early detection and intervention. WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Organize an Event.
Bring a Youth Mental Health Project Workshop to your community, organization, event or conference to educate and inspire.
Book a Speaker for your conference, event or community event.
Host a Screening.
A beautiful and poignant film, NO LETTING GO has the power to entertain, to engage and to educate diverse audiences about the vitally important issue of mental health in children, adolescents and young adults. This award winning film is ideal for parents, educators, pediatricians, nurses, social workers, advocates, family members, and mental health professionals who want to have a better understanding of youth mental health and the challenges families face as they seek help for their child.
NO LETTING GO, winner of 18 International Awards! Nominated for the 2016 VOICE Awards – SAMHSA. It is a must-see film for anyone who cares about the healthy development of youth. To increase the impact of your screening, bring a facilitator trained by The Youth Mental Health Project to speak and facilitate a Q&A after the viewing of the film.
Create A Parent Network.
Supporting our youth means supporting their parents and caregivers. The Youth Mental Health Project believes that those who care for young people need to put on their oxygen masks first. Parents need extra support and training to understand how to cope with the complexities of raising a child who may be emotionally fragile and/or struggle with mental health disorders. To help families meet these challenges, we have developed a program for building community YMHP Parent Networks that will provide support, education and the sharing of local resources.
The Youth Mental Health Project model is unique in that it will provide parent networks with a communication starter pack, which will include guidelines and an action plan for building a local network, general information about mental wellness, and tools for talking about uncomfortable and vulnerable conversations. Since parents gather their best resources from each other, we will provide you with a platform that will make it easier for your YMHP Parent Network to gather and share invaluable resources (“Family-Endorsed Providers”). Vetted for parents and by parents, there is no better resource than a referral from someone who shares your experience.
Tell us your Story.
Sharing personal stories is one of the best known methods of combatting stereotypes and labels and improving awareness of any misunderstood issue. We encourage others to share their own experiences related to youth mental health by submitting to us a short story in writing or video format. Selected stories will be posted on our website and used to encourage others to speak out and let other families know they are not alone.
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Did You Know?
- Eighty to 90 percent of mental health problems are treatable.****
- Mental illness starts early: half of all cases begin by age 14; three-quarters by age 24.*
- One in five youth have a diagnosable mental health condition; but less than 20 percent receive treatment.*
- Over 66 percent of young people with a substance abuse disorder have a mental health problem.**
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death among ages 10-14, and the second leading cause of death among ages 15-24.*
- Mental illness is universal and can happen to any child, adolescent or young adult.
- Early intervention and prevention is essential to improved outcomes.
- Educating community stakeholders will reduce stigma and make it more likely that young people will get help.
- People with diagnosed mental health conditions can live productive and meaningful lives.
- Kindness, compassion and understanding are essential to recovery.
*NAMI ***National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) **University of MI MItalk ***University of TX Health and Science Center ****National Institute of Mental Health Brain BasicsMI