We all experience emotional ups and downs caused by life’s challenges. Mental health conditions go beyond these emotional responses and can have longer lasting impacts on a person’s thoughts, feelings, mood, and behavior. Serious mental health needs are conditions that should be treated and supported just as diligently as physical health conditions. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack of grit, or a bad upbringing.
With quality care and support, young people with serious mental health challenges can lead hopeful, fulfilling lives as successful members of society. The more support youth have the more likely they are to grow up in their own homes and communities, graduate from high school, build positive long-term relationships, and successfully transition into adulthood. No youth or family should have to go it alone.
We believe that information is incredibly powerful and that by using information effectively, we can improve outcomes, build hope, and save lives. Our goal is to provide resources to help you make a difference in the lives of youth with mental health needs. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a young person, family member, advocate, policy-maker, or mental health professional, we all have a part to play in improving mental health systems for youth. Visit the resource pages below to learn more about the mental health needs of youth, the policies and programs that impact them, and to connect with others in the mental health community.
And remember, knowledge changes and grows. That’s why we update these pages continually. Be sure to come back often for the latest and greatest information available.