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It Takes GRIT to Help Kids with Mental Illness

(Guts, Resilience, Identification & Treatment) 

Mental illnesses and addictions affect individuals, children and families year round, and our work to address them is never ending. We invite you to join us to raise awareness of children’s mental health during Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

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The Child Mind Institute compiled a report on the state of children’s mental health across America. Its Speak Up for Kids campaign reveals that more than 17 million children have had a diagnosable mental health disorder, but most will not receive treatment.

hear from the experts:

The National Council released a new video series on GRIT featuring insight from Ben Shapiro, Dr. Harold Koplewicz, Dr. John Kane and Dr. Mary McKay.

Part 1: Guts

Part 2: Resilience

Part 3: Identification

Part 4: Treatment

Review Our Webinars:

The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions presented “Consultation for Kids: Models of Psychiatric Consultation in Pediatric Primary Care” on May 4 to review how a busy clinician can effectively tap into psychiatric consultation to provide high quality mental health care. View the presentation online.

Learn how Youth Mental Health First Aid can help teachers, school administration, coaches and faith leaders recognize early signs of mental illness and substance use, provide support in possible crises and refer young people to professional help. View the “Using Youth Mental Health First Aid to Foster GRIT” presentation and recording online