Our Vision.

We envision a world where people are just as aware of their mental well-being as they are of physical well-being; a world made up of informed families and caring communities that support the mental fitness and development of young people 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, Youth Mental Health Project, Founder & President

Our Team.

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 & President

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Founder & Executive Director

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Director of Marketing

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Board of Directors

Carina Rush – Board of Directors
Ellen Brezovsky – Director Community Relations, Silver Hill Hospital

Advisory Council

Jay Boll – VP Laurel House, Inc.; Editor in Chief www.rtor.org
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 Schroeder – ERS Services LLC

Our Story.

One Year, Two Extraordinary Women, One Groundbreaking Mission!
How the Founders created Youth Mental Health Project.

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Our Library.

The Bigs

Ben Carpenter

Trauma-Proofing Your Kids

Peter Levine and Maggie Kline


Chip Wood

The Power of Our Words

Paula Denton

Mental Health in Schools

Howard Adelman and Linda Taylor

Parenting a Bipolar Child

Gianni L. Faedda, M.D. and Nancy B. Austin, Psy.D

After 9/11

Helena Hovitz

A Common Struggle

Patrick J Kennedy and Stephen Fried

Improving Mental Health Four Secrets In Plain Sight

Lloyd Sederer

The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Michael Pollan

In Defense of Food

Michael Pollan


Kelly Kittel

From the Rearview Mirror

Bill Milliken

The Rainbow Comes and Goes

Anderson Cooper

Rising Strong

Brene Brown

Left To Tell

Immaculee Ilibagiza


Susan Cain

Living For Today

Erin Merryn

All the Joy and No Fun – The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

Jennifer Senior

Our Partners.

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 has won more than 20 International Awards! Nominated for the 2016 VOICE Awards – SAMHSA, NO LETTING GO 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

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 The Youth Mental Health 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.

Learn about why emotional vocabulary is important.

Laurel House

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.

We are proud to partner with Laurel House an Resource to Recover to provide a Directory of Family-Endorsed Providers and local community services for families in need of mental health resources.

By Kids

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.

One in Five Minds

One in Five Minds – One in Five Minds was created to raise awareness about mental illness, to break down stigma, and to increase access to treatment for children regardless of their ability to pay..

Clarity Child Guidance Center

Clarity Child Guidance Center – Clarity Child Guidance Center exists to transform the lives of children and families. We are the only nonprofit mental health treatment center specializing in children ages 3-17 in San Antonio and South Texas. Our inpatient and outpatient programs include a range of services including crisis stabilization, psychiatric evaluations, and ongoing therapy.

National Council for
Behavioral Health

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.

Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards

Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards – The Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards was created in 1967 to support county mental health services programs (CMHSPs) in promoting, maintaining and improving a comprehensive range of community-based mental health services, which enhance the quality of life, promote the emotional well-being, and contribute to healthy and secure communities which benefit all of Michigan’s citizens. Services managed and delivered by CMHSPs are designed to assist individuals in achieving, maintaining and maximizing their potential. They are provided in accordance with the principles of person-centered planning.

Our Youth.

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 Illness
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