YMHP Statement on Racism in America, and its Impact on Mental Health

Black Lives Matter

The Youth Mental Health Project stands in solidarity with all who oppose racism and inequality in our nation, and we demand systemic change. We condemn all institutions and leaders who promote and perpetuate violence. We believe that Black Lives Matter. We are listening and we want to do better. We know that It is not …

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Support and Connection for Families During Crisis

Mom Comforting Child

Today is my 55th birthday and, as I reflect, I am filled with gratitude. Ten years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My children were 9, 13, and 15 years old, and my middle son was in a residential treatment center after having struggled for years with major depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. These …

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COVID-19 And The Mental Health Of Your Children

COVID-19 And The Mental Health Of Your Children

Life is full of uncertainty, and the public health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic have increased stress and anxiety levels in children and adults in an unprecedented way. Our communities, leaders, friends, and family members are reacting intensely, which increases our distress. Whether you believe the world is overreacting or underreacting, try to remember that …

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Grant to expand The Parent Support Network

We are excited to share that we are one of Westchester County’s two recipients of a 2019 grant from the Gannett Foundation’s A Community Thrives program. The Youth Mental Health Project has been awarded a grant of $12,500 from the Gannett Foundation, which will be used to support the expansion of The Parent Support Network. Check …

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Happy Mother’s Day

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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Letter From a Mom – Part Three

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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Letter From a Mom – Part Two

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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Letter From a Mom:

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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