50% of adult mental health problems begin by age 14. [source]
It’s never too early to start thinking about our children’s mental health and well-being. Luckily, parents and families can do a lot to help create healthy environments that support mental health in our kids. Being diligent and aware of changes in attitude, potential bullying situations and overall demeanor can help identify potential problems before they go too far.
Use these resources to learn more about mental health and how to engage the kids in your life in conversation around important topics.
Walk In Our Shoes is an award-winning campaign that uses positive, authentic and appropriate stories as an educational tool to teach youth about mental health challenges and mental wellness. These stories are told through an interactive website designed to reduce stigma and promote a resilient and realistic perception of mental health challenges and the real people who experience them.
The Regional K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative’s website helps you find useful resources specific to your needs as a teacher, school staff member or administrator. Mental health staff, parents, caregivers and community members will also find the resources helpful as they work in partnership with schools.
Mental Health Fotonovelas are a series of graphic novels designed to increase awareness about mental health and options for the welfare of our families and communities. The series includes characters that may represent someone you know: a mother who realizes the negative impact of his words; a father who does not know how to manage stress; and a mother who seeks advice from their spiritual leader about mental health. Fotonovelas are bilingual, in English and Spanish.
Stigma Reduction Messages for Parents and Caregivers are key messages that CalMHSA’s Stigma and Discrimination social marketing campaign is using to reach parents and caregivers, including grandparents and professional child care providers. The messages include key talking points and statistics to support the case you are making against stigma and discrimination. They are not designed to be read aloud like a script, but rather are organized for you to select the messages that are applicable to both your story and your audience.
This web page from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services provides a list of signs that a child may be facing a mental health challenge and tips for how to start a conversation with a child about mental health.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental health challenges on America's communities.
Recently, SAMHSA along with a variety of mental health and suicide prevention organizations and experts released a consensus version of youth warning signs. The website organizes the information or parents, youth, health care providers and other gatekeepers.