Who we are

The Youth Mental Health Project is a group of individuals who believe that:

  • 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.
  • In order to address the devastating consequences of the current mental health crisis, early intervention and prevention must become the norm.

With an emphasis on the mental health of children, teens, and young adults, we believe that educating, supporting, and empowering families and communities to understand and care for the mental health of young people is crucial to the health of a compassionate society.

Our vision.

We envision a world made up of informed families and caring communities that realize and strengthen the mental health of our youth — a world where people are just as aware of their mental health as their physical health, where families are validated and able to readily access the care they need.

Our mission.

We educate, empower, and support families and communities to better understand and care for the mental health of our youth.

What we do


We help create events that spark positive dialogue and bring the
subject of youth mental health to life in a way that is compelling, inspiring, and informative. Our goal is to remove the shame, blame, misunderstanding, and silence around mental health so that our attendees will understand that we ALL have mental health, just like we have physical health.

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In addition to our Fact Sheet series, our Understanding Youth Mental Health booklet, created in partnership with Silver Hill Hospital and our Understanding Youth Mental Health: Questions Parents Frequently Ask guidebook, created in partnership with Child Guidance Mid-Fairfield County, are great tools for those who want to learn more.

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We foster community dialogue through community screenings of
the award-winning film, NO LETTING GO. Speakers and materials are available to help facilitate post-screening discussions.

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The Parent Support Network™ is a parent-driven, family focused program that provides parents who are concerned about their children’s mental health with a dependable and caring network, valuable peer support, and access to peer recommended resources in their local communities.

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Using compelling storytelling and real-life experiences backed by the latest in science and research, our speakers bring the complicated and sometimes uncomfortable subject of youth mental health to life in a way that is compelling, educational and reassuring.

Our workshops and presentations serve to spark a positive dialogue around the sometimes complicated issues related to youth mental health. Contact us for more information and to bring one of our speakers to your organization, event or conference.

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Our Team.

Randi Silverman, Founder & President

Randi Silverman

Founder & Executive Director
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Pernille Jacobsen, Marketing Director

Pernille Jacobsen

Creative Director
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Carolyn Bozzuto, Director of Finance

Carolyn Bozzuto

Director of Finance and Operations
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Jenny Collins, Director of Programs

Jenny Collins

Program Coordinator
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Board of Directors.

Carina Rush – Producer, WOW Films & Illness Productions, LLC
Ellen Brezovsky – LCSW, Executive Director, New Canaan Cares, Inc.
Max Silverman – Director, College Readiness at Yonkers Partners in Education Foundation
Irv Stern – Partner, Advantage Performance Group
Jay Crosby – Executive Director, Leadership Exchange

Our Partners.

The Youth Mental Health Project seeks to partner with individuals, groups, and community organizations to work collaboratively in order to strengthen the impact each partner can have on improving awareness, understanding, and support of the mental health of our youth.

Alliance for Safe Kids


Brookfield Cares


Child Guidance Center
of Mid- Fairfield


International Bipolar Foundation




Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards


Nami Mercer


National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, National Partner




One in Five Minds


Clarity Child Guidance Center


Silver Hill Hospital


The Flawless Foundation


YWCA Darien/Norwalk



2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guidestar


Proud member of the Mental Health and Addiction Network. Approved Charity of the 2019 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC# 46976)

Annual Reports.

Annual Report 2017

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Annual Report 2018

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