Creating Lasting Change.
YMHP 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.
Presentations and Workshops.
Having presented at national and regional conferences, organizational development meetings, community events and schools, our workshops inform and inspire. All presentations can be customized and created in partnership with the hosting organization.
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.
Our presentations are practical, educational and respectful of traditional approaches, and yet serve to spark a positive dialogue around the issue of children’s mental health. Contact us for more information and to bring one of our speakers to your organization, event or conference.
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.
We believe that mental health lies on a continuum and includes our emotional, psychological and social well being. Important at every stage of life, mental health affects the way a person thinks, feels, relates to others, and behaves. Just like physical health, mental health can and does shift, change, or evolve throughout a person’s life. Our educational materials will enlighten and create a better understanding of youth mental health.
In partnering with the nationally recognized Silver Hill Hospital to develop an innovative way to understand the concept of mental health, we have developed common language tools to make approaching mental health as easily as physical health. Backed by personal experience, the latest scientific research, The Mental Health Continuum Poster and booklet gives a refreshing look at the experience of mental health between birth and the age of 24.
Knowledge is power! In partnership with Child Guidance Mid-Fairfield County, we researched the answers to questions commonly asked by concerned caregivers and developed a comprehensive booklet called Understanding Youth Mental Health – Questions Parents Frequently Ask. This guide seeks to inform and reduce the shame, blame and misunderstanding that can so often accompany mental health concerns.
Download our Guide: Understanding Youth Mental Health – Questions Parents Frequently Ask and get the answers to important and common questions.
Parent Support Networks.
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.