Children’s mental health is an issue that affects all of us.

With up to one in five children experiencing a mental health disorder in any given year, the mental health of our community’s children is an issue that affects all of us. In a world filled with tremendous pressure to fit in, from peers to social media, we believe that it is important that community creates spaces where kids can feel free to be themselves.

Described as a serious change in the way a child typically learns, behaves, or handles their emotions, a child with mental disorders can have problems at home, in school, and in forming friendships. Without early diagnosis and treatment, these changes can have negative and lasting effects on their life, many times affecting them throughout.

But a child’s mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness. It’s about their capacity to feel, think and act in ways that enhance their ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges they face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being.

And each and every kid in our community deserves that.

Understanding and promoting positive mental health is a shared responsibility of parents, educators and citizens of our community.  Physically and emotionally healthy children and youth are more likely to be successful in school and in life.

By supporting the mental health of our community’s children, you not only help make a child’s life better, you help build a stronger community for all of us.