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Children's mental health as a public health issue

What exactly is "children's mental health"? There are many ways to understand mental health based on our experiences, education, families, and cultures. It’s not just about illness. We all have a state of mental health all of the time. A public health approach to children’s mental health helps us to improve the mental health of all children and families, not just those with diagnoses.

    What do you think about when you hear the phrase “mental health”? Use these resources to start a conversation with others. Contact Cari Michaels at cmichael@umn.edu at the Children, Youth & Family Consortium with questions or for more information.

    Mental Health: Yours, Mine and Ours
     

    Video Discussion Questions

    Interested in leading others in conversations about mental health? Use these discussion guides to start a conversation about this video.

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    Related resources

    A Public Health Approach to Children's Mental Health: A Conceptual FrameworkNational Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health — A monograph that advances an approach to children’s mental health that applies public health concepts to efforts that support children’s mental health and development.

    Bright Futures: A Public Health Approach to Mental HealthBright Futures at Georgetown University — A national health promotion initiative dedicated to the principle that every child deserves to be healthy and that optimal health involves a trusting relationship between the health professional, the child, the family, and the community as partners in health practice.

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