We envision a nation where all youth, and the caring adults in their lives, are just as aware of their mental well-being as they are of physical well-being; a nation made up of caring communities that look beyond physical features to support the mental fitness and growth of our children in every way.
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“Mental Illness is not a behavioral choice, character flaw or the result of bad parenting; it’s a condition of the brain. These very real and treatable medical conditions can happen to anyone, for no known or obvious reason. It is imperative that we deem mental health issues as important as physical health, and treat, talk about and support them as such.”Randi Silverman, YMH Project, Founder & CEO
The Youth Mental Health Project is a group of individuals who believe that mental health is imperative to all health. We empower young people, parents, and caring adults with the practical knowledge, support and resources they need to nurture their children’s mental health and intervene when they recognize warning signs.
Founder & CEO
Founder & Executive Director
Director of Youth Council
Board of Directors
Carina Rush – Board of Directors
Alisa Bernard – Board of Directors, International Bipolar Foundation
Business Advisory Chair, Skate for Hope, LLC
Ellen Brezovsky – Director Community Relations, Silver Hill Hospital
Jay Boll – VP Laurel House, Inc.; Editor in Chief www.rtor.org
Muffy Walker – MSN, MBA, Founder International Bipolar Foundation
Steve Coe – CEO, Community Access
Janine Francolini – Founder, The Flawless Foundation
Phyllis Vine – Historian and award winning author; Families in Pain: Children, Siblings, Spouses, and Parents of the Mentally Ill Speak Out
Alyson Nikulicz Schroede – ERS Services LLC
Trauma-Proofing Your Kids
Peter Levine and Maggie Kline
The Power of Our Words
Mental Health in Schools
Howard Adelman and Linda Taylor
Parenting a Bipolar Child
Gianni L. Faedda, M.D. and Nancy B. Austin, Psy.D
A Common Struggle
Patrick J Kennedy and Stephen Fried
From the Rearview Mirror
The Rainbow Comes and Goes
Left To Tell
Living for Today
All the Joy and No Fun - The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
The Youth Mental Health Project seeks to partner with communities, individuals, groups, and organizations to educate and energize. Through meaningful conversations backed by vetted and sourced data, our programs inspire people to embrace mental health openly and without shame. Working collaboratively, we can strengthen the impact each partner can have on the youth in a community.
No Letting Go - The Movie
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.
“No Letting Go is a … master class… its message of not letting go, never giving up, is one we all need to hear and see.”
– Lloyd Sederer, M.D. – Medical Editor Huffington Post
Silver Hill Hospital
The mission of Silver Hill Hospital is to provide their patients with the best available treatment of mental illness and addiction; and to offer continuing support, counseling and education to their patients and their families in every phase of illness and recovery. Leading the way in innovation and care, Silver Hill Hospital is working with the YMH Project to create educational resources and further our message of hope.
International Bipolar Foundation
International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) The mission of International Bipolar Foundation is to improve understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder through research; to promote care and support resources for individuals and caregivers; and to erase stigma through education. IBPF provides education, advocacy and aid to researchers and its website features information about bipolar disorder, news and membership.
The Flawless Foundation
The Flawless Foundation – The mission of The Flawless Foundation is to revolutionize the way the world perceives, prevents, and treats brain based behavioral challenges. The Flawless Foundation envisions a society where every person is understood and embraced as Flawless. Through events, videos, social media messaging and original Huffington Post blogs, Flawless is changing the conversation around brain health .
Kimochis – Kimochi (KEY.MO.CHEE) means “feeling” in Japanese. Sometimes kids (and adults) have strong feelings that can fuel challenging behaviors. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to communicate when you are in an emotional moment. Kimochis are a playful way to help children (and adults!) learn how to identify and express feelings. When kids can communicate their feelings effectively, they develop positive social skills that lead to lasting friendships and success in all aspects of life. Kimochis teach the fourth “R”—reading, writing, arithmetic, and RELATIONSHIPS. This “R” is the foundation for success in ALL areas of life.
Laurel House – Laurel House, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides mental health resources to people coping with mental illness, and their families, across numerous communities in and around Connecticut. Resource to Recover is a robust array of integrated services and expertise helping people along the path of mental health recovery.
ByKids – ByKids is a global movement: Storytelling through film to inform and inspire action. BYkids provides kids around the world with the training and the video cameras to make short documentaries about their lives. Renowned filmmakers mentor these young people in the art of filmmaking. Together The Youth Mental Health Project and ByKids are creating a short film on youth mental health.
Child Guidance Center
of Mid- Fairfield
Child Guidance Center – The mission of the Child Guidance Center (“Center”) is to help all children with mental and behavioral health needs achieve emotional stability, academic success, and happy and productive lives. For over 60 years, the Center has served as the community safety net for families who can’t afford private mental health care services for their children. The team of board-certified psychiatrists, psychologists, and clinical therapists provide outpatient clinical services to over 2,000 children. The Center never turns a child away due to their family’s inability to pay for treatment. The Center is located in Norwalk, CT and serves the communities of Norwalk, Westport, Weston, Wilton, Darien, New Canaan, and Stamford.
National Council for
The National Council for Behavioral Health – The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s mental health and addictions treatment organizations. Together with 2,800 member organizations, serving 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council was instrumental in bringing Mental Health First Aid to the USA.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
The Youth Mental Health Project believes it is essential that communities focus on what can be done to improve the mental health of the youth population. As with any other health concern, early intervention is crucial to improving outcomes. Stereotypes, discrimination and fear, however, contribute to the deafening silence around the mental health needs of young people, making identification, treatment and access to resources extremely difficult.
75% of all lifetime cases of mental health conditions emerge before the age of 24.National Alliance on Mental IllnessLearn More!