We ALL have mental health, just like physical health.

1 in 5 kids has a diagnosable mental health condition.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among persons aged 10–24 years in the United States.Center for Disease Control 2015

The Opportunity.

All children have mental health - just like physical health.

Important at every stage of life, mental health affects the way a person thinks, feels, relates to others, and behaves. By inspiring open conversations about mental health, The Youth Mental Health Project creates opportunities for communities to promote education, awareness and understanding of how to care for and support the whole child.

Mental health lies on a continuum and includes our emotional, psychological and social well being.

  • A healthy mind is as important to a child’s development as a healthy body.
  • 1 in 5 children have a diagnosable mental health condition, yet only 20% of those children receive the help they need.
  • Mental health plays a critical role in shaping a child’s social, emotional and cognitive development.

“Emotional wellbeing, social competence, and cognitive abilities together are the bricks and mortar that comprise the foundation of human development. When parents, informal community programs, and professional early childhood services pay attention to young children’s emotional and social needs, as well as to their mastery of literacy and cognitive skills, they have maximum impact on the development of sturdy brain architecture and preparation for success in school.”
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

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Understanding Youth Mental Health Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Download our Guide Understanding Youth Mental Health – Questions Parents Frequently Ask and get the answers to your concerns, therapy models, and questions that develop as you explore getting your child help.
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Mental Health 101: Feelings and Emotions

Mental Health 101

Download our Guide Feelings & Emotions: Mental Health 101 - Talking with Kids and find out the difference between worry and anxiety, sadness and depression.
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Understanding and Supporting Youth Mental Health Booklet

Understanding and Supporting Youth Mental Health Booklet

Ages and Stages - Examples of Signs of Concern and Healthy Developmental Markers at various ages, including an explanation of how to tell the difference.
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Infographic: Mental Health For Children

Infographic: Mental Health For Children

We created this infographic for parents and caregivers in partnership with the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health.
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fact sheets on Addiction, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health Learning Disabilities, OCD and more

Fact Sheets

Download our educational series of fact sheets on Addiction, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health Learning Disabilities, OCD and more. Share or use for an event.
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