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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.*

  • 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)

For more resources, please visit Our Impact pages. You can also find advocacy updates, analysis by our staff, and stories by youth on our blog.

**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]

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