Resources for Mental Health Professionals
Join Us in Making Youth Mental Health a Priority!
Mental health is the number one health issue facing young people, far surpassing all other health care needs combined. Youth involved in the child welfare, foster care, or juvenile justice systems, are especially at risk. As a mental health professional, we know that you care deeply about young people and want to help them thrive.
Dealing effectively with the mental health needs of children and adolescents requires a sound understanding of the nature of youthful mental disorders. It also requires knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the system of care through which we provide treatment and support, and the roles and responsibilities of the many child-serving agencies involved.
Below are our top resources for learning more about the unique mental health needs of youth, quality practices and interventions that could help improve their lives, and the multiple programs and systems in which children and adolescents are served.*
- Children’s Mental health report
Child Mind Institute (2015)
- Intensive Care Coordinator Using High-Quality Wraparound for Children with Serious Behavioral Health Needs Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. (2014)
- A Public Health Approach to Children’s Mental Health
Center for Child and Human Development (2010)
- Building Systems of Care
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health and Mental Health Policy (2002)
- Young Hearts & Minds: Making a Commitment to Children’s Mental Health
Little Hoover Commission (2001)
- Surgeon General Report: Chapter 3 Children and Mental Health
Surgeon General (1999)
**These are just some of our favorite resources. It is by no means an exhaustive list. We will continue to add to it as new resources become available. If you know of a great resource that you think we should include, please let us know! [Link to contact]