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Organize an Event.
Early intervention is essential. It takes on average 10 years for a child’s mental health condition to be diagnosed.
We help parents, caregivers and educators better understand the full range of mental health to better appreciate and understand common challenges, and early warning signs. Invite a Youth Mental Health Project speaker to host a workshop at your school, workplace, community group, meeting or industry conference.
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 Support Network.
“Peers” are people with common life experiences who can give one another a sense of belonging. Research has shown that peer support facilitates recovery, improves outcomes and decreases health care costs.*(SAMSHA) Parents of children who struggle with their mental health are uniquely suited to understand and support each other as peers because of their shared experience and emotional understanding of the cultural complexities surrounding mental health.
Why are we different?
The Youth Mental Health Project has elevated the traditional peer to peer support group by adding a unique scaffolding which provides a foundation for learning that mental health lies on a continuum and is as important to nurture and care for as physical health.
Parent Support Networks guide parents through their intense feelings and circumstances to a deeper sense of belonging, role modeling, and sharing valuable resources, all of which foster personal growth and improved outcomes for families. With a trained peer facilitator to guide dialogue, parents will ease through the complex personal transitions. Peers will help each other move from grief and loss through to acceptance and normalization. Together, the group will transform.
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 (1).
- Mental illness starts early: half of all cases begin by age 14; three quarters by age 24 (2).
- One in five youth has a diagnosable mental health condition; yet less than 20 percent receive treatment (3).
- Over 66 percent of young people with a substance abuse disorder have a co-occuring mental health problem (1).
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death among ages 10-24 (4).
- 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.
(1) University of MI MItalk
(2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(3) U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
(4) American Cancer Society