Giving Tuesday Kids

Pernille Jacobsen

Change the Conversation about Mental Health. December 3rd!  Use your voice to increase awareness about mental health. Create a “Mental Health Check-In” wall at your school, host a mental health awareness day, print and distribute fact sheets, or create a fundraiser to help change the conversation. We all have mental health, just like physical health, …

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Happy Mother’s Day

Pernille Jacobsen

The fact that Mother’s Day is here just as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week comes to a close has my head spinning. In my world, as a mental health advocate and founder of The Youth Mental Health Project, every day is children’s mental health awareness day! And if every day is children’s mental health awareness …

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Sharing Our Stories: Jenny

Pernille Jacobsen

I remember being at a screening of No Letting Go and realizing, for the first time, that I wasn’t alone.  I had just come from the most difficult three years of my life… trying to save my daughter who had suicidal ideation and had been recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  I had shared her story …

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Sharing Our Stories: Brenda

Pernille Jacobsen

I have 2 children.  My oldest, now 23, was a quirky child, but a brilliant student, very polite, and very happy.  Until she wasn’t. Around the age of 13, her anxiety turned to school avoidance. School and learning had been her favorite things.  What was happening?! Therapists, neurological psychiatrists and endless research yielded results that …

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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Pernille Jacobsen

May 5th to May 11th! We are excited to join our national partner, National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, in celebrating Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.  In addition to participating in upcoming events, The Youth Mental Health Project is celebrating Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week by focusing on PARENTS and CAREGIVERS to let …

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Letter From a Mom – Part Three

Pernille Jacobsen

Foreword by Randi Silverman The pain you feel as a parent when your child is deeply struggling, in a hospital, confronting a life threatening condition, is indescribable. The silence around mental health problems only serves to compound that pain with isolation and loneliness. In the depths of despair, there are simply times when we can …

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Parents Pay it Forward

Pernille Jacobsen

Foreword by Randi Silverman: I am thrilled to share this guest blog from Jay Boll, the father of a child with serious mental health challenges. Jay poignantly describes how difficult it is for so many of us to find resources and how isolating the process can be:  “I did not know what to do or …

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Letter From a Mom – Part Two

Pernille Jacobsen

Foreword by Randi Silverman: It’s easy to forget that our children who struggle with anxiety, depression, or other mental health challenges are actually incredibly strong. It’s confusing, because they often seem so fragile – like the slightest problem will simply break them. Sometimes we have to stop ourselves and try to imagine how difficult it …

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Finding Support when your child is struggling

Pernille Jacobsen

In a world where parents and caregivers help each other navigate the wide-range of challenges associated with raising our children, why do we feel so alone and overwhelmed when our children struggle with their mental health? The vicious cycle of blame, shame, misunderstanding, and silence around the issues related to youth mental health leaves families …

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Letter From a Mom:

Pernille Jacobsen

Katherine’s Story – Part One Foreword by Randi Silverman: I recently had the privilege of speaking to an audience of over 100 people for a community conversation about youth mental health. As I shared my story once again, I had to remind myself that if I could reach even one person, it would all have …

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