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.
Mental Health in Young Children: A Roadmap for Long Island
from Help Me Grow (docsfortots.org)
- This roadmap proposes the steps needed to guide Long Island, NY in building systems that ensure all young children are supported to reach their optimal development. This proposal features strengthening existing programs and building new evidence-based initiatives to fill gaps and scale up.
- State of Babies Yearbook: A comprehensive overview of where we are as a nation in the treatment of our children
- Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Supports and Services:A Planning Tool for States and Communities
from The Family and Youth Institute
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.
The following two articles are from Harvard's Center on the Developing Child:
Establishing a Level Foundation for Life: Mental Health Begins in
A New Framework for Science-Informed Investment in the Early Foundations of Health and Development
Promoting Mental Health- A Report of the World Health Organization
from Zero to Three
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:
From the Journal of General Internal Medicine:
An Overview and a Call to Action
Kimberly Holland- Healthline
From Jessica Borelli in Psychology Today: Article aimed at understanding the negative consequences of our border policies Why 40 researchers say attachment is a basic right and separation a clear wrong.
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
This section is focused on how mental health could be improved by highlighting programs and policy changes that could positively impact parent-child relationships.
The achievement of overall mental health requires systemic changes that has to occur on the legislative level- both state and federal.
The information contained in these headings, if widely implemented, could lead to important changes in overall mental health.