Mental Health Promotion















Following are sites and articles detailing the scope of the problem and potential solutions that address the improvement of parental responsiveness.  This can ultimately lead to the enhancement of the mental health of children and families.

Zero to Three State of Babies Yearbook: A comprehensive overview of where we are as a nation in the treatment of our children


from The Family and Youth Institute: Infant Mental Health


Early Moments Matter- a report put out by UNICEF


UNICEF’s Early Moments Matter campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of healthy brain development in the earliest years of life, increase investment by governments and businesses in Early Childhood Development programmes, policies and services, and support parents and caregivers to give their children the best start in life.


Promoting Mental HealthA Report of the World Health Organization


from Zero to Three:

Policy and Advocacy

with The Center for Law and Social Policy-

Building Strong Foundations: Advancing Comprehensive Policies for Infants, Toddlers, and Families


Saving Brains: A partnership led by Grand Challenges Canada, in partnership with The Center on the Developing Child

(Includes an informative video) 


The following articles are from the US Department of H and HS:


Behavioral Health Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect


Long-Term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect


Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development

From the Journal of General Internal Medicine-

The Long-term Health Outcomes of Childhood Abuse:

An Overview and a Call to Action 


Childhood Emotional Neglect: How It Can Impact You Now and Later

Kimberly Holland- Healthline

Parenting Related to Child and Parental Psychopathology: A Descriptive Review of the Literature


The U.S. ranks last in every measure when it comes to family policy- in 10 charts

Washington Post


Here’s What It’s Like To Live In A Country That Actually Cares About Mothers- Huffpost





Strategies that would improve parent- child interaction and lead to gains in the mental health of children.

Early Identification/ Intervention

Increased access to
Parent Progams

Social-Emotional Support: Daycare through secondary education


The promotion of mental health requires systemic changes that has to occur on the legislative level. Organizations listed below are attempting to influence policy change. The Build Back Better initiative currently under consideration would be a positive step in this direction.

This section is focused on what could improve mental health by policy changes that directly impact parent-child interaction.

The highlighted areas, if widely implemented could lead to important changes in overall mental health.