We envision a world where people are just as aware of their mental wellbeing as they are of physical wellbeing; a world made up of informed families and caring communities that support the mental fitness and development of young people in every way.
We empower families and communities to act with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to support the social, emotional, mental, and behavioral health of youth.
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
Founder & Executive Director
Board of Directors.
Carina Rush – Board of Directors, Producer, Illness Productions LLC.
Ellen Brezovsky – Board of Directors, Director Community Relations, Silver Hill Hospital
Max Silverman – BOARD OF DIRECTORS, YOUTH COUNCIL, Fulbright U.S. Scholar in Nepal
David H Ward Jr – Chairman of the Board, David H Ward, and Associates
Irv Stern – Treasurer,
Technical and business expertise from a variety of professions makes our work well rounded and far-reaching.
Jay Boll – VP LAUREL HOUSE, INC.; EDITOR IN CHIEF RESOUCES TO RECOVER
Steve Coe – CEO, Community Access
Janine Francolini – Founder, The Flawless Foundation
Alyson Nikulicz Schroeder – ERS Services LLC.
Muffy Walker – MSN, MBA, Founder International Bipolar Foundation
Phyllis Vine – Historian and award winning author; Families in Pain: Children, Siblings, Spouses, and Parents of the Mentally Ill Speak Out
Thank you to our growing list of medical and professional experts we are expanding our work in education and literature.
Sandra Birch, LICSW
Elm Counseling Services
5188 Main St, Manchester Center, VT 05255
One Year, Two Extraordinary Women, One Groundbreaking Mission!
How the Founders created Youth Mental Health Project.
The Youth Mental Health Project aims to arm parents and communities with knowledge of the mental health continuum. As our kids grow parents often work together on educational, sports and other related needs. When it comes to ages and stages we as parents compare and advise almost daily. Yet when it comes to seeking help for our children’s emotional and mental health we so often turn inward and hide. We aim to change that through knowledge and tools.
Mental health + Physical health = Health.
Personal stories build understanding and empathy. They also make mental health conversations more powerful.
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
Improving Mental Health Four Secrets In Plain Sight
The Omnivore’s Dilemma
In Defense of Food
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.
Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards
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!