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We all have mental health, just like physical health

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.

1 U.S. Department of Health & Human Services


1 in 5 kids have a diagnosable mental illness yet 5 in 5 kids have mental health.


  • 50% OF ALL LIFETIME CASES OF MENTAL ILLNESS BEGIN BEFORE THE AGE OF 14
  • Young people with mental illness are more likely to struggle with substance abuse
  • Girls with untreated mental illness are 300 times more likely to become pregnant
  • 70% of incarcerated adolescents struggle with mental illness
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We empower families and communities to act with the knowledge, skills and resources they need to support the social, emotional, mental, and behavioral health of youth.

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