Finding Help and Hope for Youth During Mental Health Awareness Month

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When you work with young people every day, you know that mental wellness is key to their overall health and well-being. To celebrate May as Mental Health Awareness Month, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has created a list of resources to help service providers, families, and communities address child and youth mental health year-round. Here are some highlights from their list.

  • “Adolescent Trauma and Substance Abuse” online training. This comprehensive course includes an interactive online module, webinar with experts in the field, and four-part train-the-trainer video series highlighting the connections between psychological trauma and co-occurring substance abuse and dependency. The entire training is available at no charge, but you’ll need to register first for the NCTSN Learning Center.
  • “Resilience and Child Traumatic Stress” guide. This four-page guide (PDF, 1MB) explains why children’s coping skills may be overwhelmed by traumatic experiences and describes the factors in their lives that can boost their resilience. The resource also includes tips for enhancing recovery during the beginning stages of treatment, such as helping a child and family create a “strengths family tree.”
  • Tip sheets on sharing power in trauma-informed practice. NCTSN created a short tip sheet (PDF, 97.6KB) to encourage providers to share power with kids, youth, and families receiving services to engage them in their treatment plans. Similarly, the NCTSN reflection tool (PDF, 95.5 KB) provides thoughts on sharing power during various stages of the treatment process, including an initial meeting or the end of a course or service.

More on Youth Mental Health

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Implementing Mental Health Screenings for Children and Youth in Family Shelters

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Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, or the Administration for Children and Families.

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