This report summarizes interdisciplinary opportunities and ideas for promoting children’s mental health.
Webinar for best practices. 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. 37% of students with a mental health condition age 14 and older drop out of school.
Youth and young adults of transition age have unique needs and strengths. This resource includes information from local Orange County agencies and organizations that offer developmentally appropriate supports for youth and young adults.
This Tip Sheet for Families: Youth Suicide & Mental Health Concerns During COVID-19 provides parents and other caregivers with research-based practices for recognizing mental health distress and suicidal ideation among children. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 10-24, and children and teens are being uniquely challenged by the pandemic and corresponding stay-at-home orders. The practices outlined by this tip sheet guide caregivers through vital conversations, outlining strategies for asking your child about their wellbeing, developing a safety plan, and a range of proactive approaches caregivers can take to support their child’s wellness during the pandemic. Additionally, this tip sheet overviews local suicide prevention and other mental health services, as well as strategies for how to talk about these services with your child.
In high-poverty communities of color, opportunities for children, youth, and families to easily access consistent, relevant, high quality, and evidence-based clinical supports are scarce. By leveraging available resources, making smart Investments, and working in coordination with community partners, schools and districts are uniquely positioned to deliver comprehensive supports to children, youth, and families. As behavioral health disparities widen, the time is now to expand and integrate clinical and evidence-based supports into our public school systems. These tools and resources can help support this effort.