Families struggling with mental health concerns at all levels will continue to feel isolated and risk facing undiagnosed or untreated youth mental health conditions, unless we increase knowledge and facilitate dialogue that will end the cycle of shame, blame, silence and misunderstanding surrounding mental health. Join our movement. Donate today.
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 Network.
We provide parents and caregivers concerned about their child’s mental health the opportunity to give and receive valuable peer support and education through facilitated dialogue in their local communities.
Why are we different?
Current models in the U.S. are geared toward parents of high school or older children with few to no peer support models available for parents of children under the age of 18, even though half of all mental health conditions begin by age 14.
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