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We all have mental health, just like physical health

The Youth Mental Health Project believes every child's mental well-being needs to be nurtured, and that mental wellness and physical wellness should be equally prioritized. This 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.

In fact, 1 in 5 children in the U.S have a diagnosable mental health condition – that's almost 15 million children. More than 80% of those youth will never receive the treatment they need due to poor education about youth mental health, and a cycle of blame, shame, silence, and misunderstanding that isolates families experiencing mental health conditions. Without treatment, mental health conditions often have a devastating impact on a child's development and future including reduced life expectancy.

The Youth Mental Health Project educates, empowers and equips parents and caregivers to better understand their children's needs, recognize warning signs and better advocate for their children. It also provides trusted communities of support for individuals concerned about their child's mental health.

By providing knowledge, skills, and support to families and communities, we can help to increase prevention and early intervention that will reduce the incidence and severity of youth mental health conditions.

"Early Intervention is the first place we are failing, we lack public awareness," Mary Giliberti, CEO National Alliance of Mental Illness. Kennedy Forum 2018

THE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT IS THE SOLUTION! FUNDING US GETS TO THE HEART OF OUR EARLY INTERVENTION EFFORTS!


MENTAL HEALTH IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF A MENTAL ILLNESS

• 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin before the age of 14.

• Young people with mental health issues are more likely to struggle with substance abuse.

• Girls with untreated mental health issues are 300 times more likely to become pregnant.

• 70% of incarcerated adolescents struggle with mental health issues.



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