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Child Trends report on children's mental health and wellness: Are the Children Well?

July 2014

NAMI recently spoke with researchers about children’s mental health and what can be done to improve services for our nation’s youth. The feedback was included in a report, entitled Are the Children Well? and can now be viewed and downloaded on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website. The Foundation is hosting an online discussion forum that you would be most welcome to contribute to. The forum is located here.

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Six things you might not know about IEPs

Are there students with disabilities in your class this year? If so, we've written this blog for you. It's about the importance of knowing your students' IEPs --their learning goals, any accommodations needed to support their learning, and a LOT more. IEPs contain valuable information about students that their teachers need to know. 
Here, we look at six things you might not know about the information you can find in your students' IEPs. 




The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction

This brochure describes changes in the brain that occur during the teen years, and the significance of this stage of development.


One of the ways that scientists have searched for the causes of mental illness is by studying the development of the brain from birth to adulthood. Powerful new technologies have enabled them to track the growth of the brain and to investigate the connections between brain function, development, and behavior.

The research has turned up some surprises, among them the discovery of striking changes taking place during the teen years. These findings have altered long-held assumptions about the timing of brain maturation. In key ways, the brain doesn’t look like that of an adult until the early 20s.











Engage Us: A Guide Written by Families for Residential Providers


The Building Bridges Initiative’s Family Advisory Network (FAN) developed this guide as a tool to support providers in their efforts to improve the experiences and outcomes for children and families. The goal of this guide is to deepen family-driven practice and promote better engagement with families.







Improving the Mental Health & Well-being of America's Children


 The Facts 

(click this link to view the Fact Sheet)

We hope that you find this fact sheet helpful in your advocacy activities.  We also see great value in sharing this fact sheet with state lawmakers, policymakers, and community leaders to help educate and inform them about children’s MH in America.  We are pleased these collective groups could come together to agree on the facts and the critical need to improve early identification and intervention.  As always, thanks for your incredible dedication to improving the lives of children and families.