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Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Children and Youth

Mental health disorders are one of the leading causes of disability among adolescents, affecting about one in five children in this age group.  Infants and young children can also have mental health disorders that affect their relationships and overall development; about 1 in 10 children age birth to 5 experience social and emotional problems.ii Getting care and support for these problems early is essential to help prevent them from getting worse or interfering with growth and learning. 

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day—May 5, 2016—shines a light on this serious issue. The theme for this year’s event, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is “Finding Help, Finding Hope,” recognizing the need to improve access to behavioral health services and supports for infants, children, youth, and young adults with mental and substance use disorders and their families. Learn More.

Promoting Healthy Emotional Development and Mental Health

To aid in their work, SAMHSA’s Safe Schools, Healthy Students and Project LAUNCH grantees create materials that give parents, public health professionals, and their communities the tools to promote healthy emotional development and mental health. Learn More.

News Review: Children’s Mental Health and Youth Violence Prevention

The National Resource Center helps capture what is occurring in the field and across the country. Each week, we monitor hundreds of media outlets to share national conversations about early childhood development, mental health, and youth violence prevention. Take a moment to review a sampling of the latest news stories and find out what others across the country are doing to promote the overall well-being of children, youth, and their communities. Read More.

Learn About the Impact of Early Substance Use, Sustaining Learning Gains in Kids, Preventing Dating Abuse among Adolescents, and More 

In this issue, we present studies that bring to light the potential risk factors of early adolescent children who are exposed to sips of alcohol by their parents, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force provides their recommendation for screening for depression in children, a new report and infographic show the impact of poverty on a child’s health—and more.
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National Prevention Week

From May 15 -21, 2016, communities and public health professionals across the country will join together to bring awareness to substance abuse and mental health issues during SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week. The theme of the 2016 observance is “Strong As One. Stronger Together.” Read More.

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The contents of the National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention newsletter and website were assembled under a cooperative agreement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The newsletter and website is operated and maintained by AIR and is supported by grant number 5U79SM061516-02 from SAMHSA. The content of this website does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of SAMHSA or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.