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.

Promoting Social Emotional Development and Early Childhood 

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.

Zero to Three resources:

- 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

 

Infant Mental Health

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.

Establishing a Level Foundation for Life: Mental Health Begins in
Early Childhood

from the Center on the Developing Child

Promoting Mental HealthA Report of the World Health Organization

Policy and Advocacy

from Zero to Three

The Center for Law and Social Policy- with 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:

 

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


 

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

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


To achieve meaningful promotion of mental health requires systemic changes that have to occur on the legislative level- both state and federal.

Organizations listed below are attempting to influence
 
policy changes.