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Nationwide, communities are committing to improving the physical and emotional health of our young children and youth. The National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention is your partner in this important work. At the National Resource Center (NRC), we believe that with the right support, tools, and resources, states, tribes, territories, and local communities can collaborate successfully to foster safe and healthy school and community environments that promote the overall well-being of all children and youth, regardless of their ZIP code.

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Introducing the National Resource Center

Ensuring the Well-Being of Our Children and Youth 

You know that the health and prosperity of our families require an investment in the physical and emotional health of our young children. You know that, for children to enter school ready to learn, we need to improve coordination across child-serving systems. You know that youth violence can be prevented, and you want to do something about it. 

But where do you start? How do you know what works? And how do you not just support these efforts, but make sure that children and youth—from birth through their teens—can thrive and excel in your community? 

Announcing the National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, or National Resource Center (NRC), for short. Read more. 

Conceptualizing Young Child Wellness and Youth Violence Prevention

How do we conceptualize our work to promote emotional well-being and mental health? How do we visualize the work it takes to prevent youth violence? As the expression goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Read more. 

Listening to the National Conversation about Children’s Mental Health and Youth Violence Prevention

We work every day to make the lives of our children, youth, and families better. We find ourselves busy, heads down, doing the good work we do by providing services, bringing together partners, and educating stakeholders. Often, we don’t get a chance to catch up on what’s happening in the field and across the country. However, the National Resource Center can capture that information for you. Read more. 

Learn More About the Health Effects of Bullying, Pediatric Mental Health, E-Cigarette Use, and More

Each issue, we will look at some of the most recent research and studies. In our inaugural issue, we present important studies on the health effects of bullying on children and youth, uncertainty about marijuana laws among teens and adults in Washington state, and the tripling of e-cigarette use among middle and high school students in the past year.
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Raising Awareness of Mental Health

May is Mental Health Month. This national observance raises awareness of the importance of mental health for people of all ages and in all walks of life. This year’s emphasis is recognizing symptoms and intervening early—before symptoms become more severe and recovery more lengthy—when conditions are easier and less costly to treat. Read more.

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.