Mental health encompasses our entire social, emotional, and psychological well-being. How we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices are all impacted by mental health. Mental health is as important as our physical health. Understanding mental health is essential for everyone!
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) developed Facts for Families to provide concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families.
The National Academies Press, Tools for Supporting Emotional Wellbeing in Children and Youth
Many children and teens struggle with feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression, particularly during the pandemic. These tools were created to promote the mental and emotional wellbeing of children and youth – during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
Improving Student Health and Academic Achievement
Students feel more connected to their school when they believe that the adults and other students at school not only care about how well they are learning, but also care about them as individuals. Young people who feel connected to school are more likely to succeed academically and make healthy choices. This fact sheet provides guidance for fostering school connectedness and creating a more welcoming and supportive school environment for all students.
Public Service Announcements
These videos are about how positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth. They illustrate how mental health initiatives promote positive child, youth, and young adult development, recovery, and resilience.
Help a Young Adult Soar
Watch PSA: Help a Young Adult Soar (00:31) . This video highlights how involved allies can provide essential support to young adults with mental health challenges.
Community Connections Work for Young Adults
Watch PSA: Community Connections Work for Young Adults (1:01). This video is about how young adults with mental health challenges can prosper when they have involved allies.
Watch PSA: Brain Flight (00:31). This video informs parents and other adults about children’s mental health by illustrating how brain activity may be linked to the way a child thinks, feels or behaves.