We all have mental health
– the same way we all have physical health.
We believe mental health encompasses far more than the short list of disorders which affect one’s mood, behavior, or thinking. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well being, and it is important to care for it at every stage of life.
Just like physical health, mental health can and does shift, change, and evolve throughout life. When our children show signs of physical illness, such as fever or intense pain, we understand that medical intervention or professional help may be necessary to improve their condition. Because most symptoms of mental health conditions are often intangible or invisible, it can be difficult to understand the difference between age-appropriate thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and those that may be signs of concern warranting professional intervention. .
About The Youth Mental Health Project.
Far too many families in America are isolated by the shame, blame, silence and misunderstanding surrounding their children’s mental health. As a result, less than 20% of youth receive the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.
One in five children in the U.S. has a diagnosable mental health condition yet, less than 20 percent of those youth receive the treatment they need1 due to poor education about youth mental health, widespread stereotypes and a cycle of blame, shame, silence and misunderstanding. Left untreated, mental health conditions can have a devastating impact on a child’s development and future, including reduced life expectancy.
The Youth Mental Health Project exists to change this reality. We believe every child’s mental well-being needs to be nurtured, and that mental wellness and physical wellness should be equally prioritized. But, such a shift will only happen if we empower parents and caregivers to better understand the mental health needs of youth. The Youth Mental Health Project equips communities with the tools to facilitate open, honest dialogue about youth mental health so that together, we can ensure no family suffers the consequences of undiagnosed or untreated mental health conditions.
We believe that mental health is essential to a young person’s development.
We believe in inspiring collaborations among community partners in an effort to promote awareness and encourage conversations about the importance of mental health among youth.
We believe that early intervention and prevention is essential to the improvement of outcomes and the reduction in the incidence and severity of serious mental illness.
We believe that mental illness is universal and can impact any child, adolescent or young adult.
We believe that suicide is preventable.
We believe that people who have diagnosable mental health conditions can live productive, satisfying and meaningful lives.
We believe the future is ripe with discoveries about the brain and that further research developments are essential to our knowledge of its functioning and the overall spectrum of mental health.
We believe that treating families with kindness, compassion and understanding is essential to recovery.
We believe educating all community stakeholders, including parents, teachers, caregivers, pediatricians, children, adolescents, and young adults, to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health disorders will make it more likely that young people will seek out and receive help, making early intervention possible.
The Youth Mental Health Project is a group of individuals who believe that mental health is imperative to all health. We strive to encourage, engage and ignite conversations of mental health that elevate the common community. We are dedicated to a world where mental health issues are not only solvable but, in as many cases as possible, also preventable.
Founder & CEO
Founder & Executive Director
Director of Youth Council