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Mental Health Promotion

















Following are sites and articles detailing the scope of the problem and potential solutions that address the improvement of early relational health.  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 (

- 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 Toolkit

from The Family and Youth Institute 

This toolkit addresses Infant Mental Health, an integral component of raising a healthy child, and provides readings and practical tips for you to better understand your child, foster a positive parent-child relationship, and exercise personal self-care.

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
Early Childhood

A New Framework for Science-Informed Investment in the Early Foundations of Health and Development

The resources in this guide are designed to support the efforts of change agents across a rich diversity of sectors, cultures, geographies, and political perspectives to drive a critical re-envisioning of the field.

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

Addressing Social Health and Early Childhood Wellness Initiative

from American Academy of Pediatrics

Early Relational Health

David Willis, MD

Can lifestyle medicine improve global mental health?

Steven G. Sugden, Gia Merlo, Sam Manger 

PRiSM- Promoting Research-informed State IECMH Policies 

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

The Long-term Health Outcomes of Childhood Abuse:

An Overview and a Call to ActionFrom the Journal of General Internal Medicine 


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

Separation Is Never Ending: Attachment Is a Human Right

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


Gains in mental health that would positively impact parent-child relationships require systemic changes that have to occur on the legislative level- both state and federal.


This section is focused on highlighting programs and policy changes that are working toward these changes.

The information contained in these headings, if widely implemented, could lead to important changes in overall mental health.


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