The National Council Has a Pretty Darned Cool Plan to Elevate Youth Mental Health – and It Could Involve You!

October 15, 2018

Sharing this important message from Linda Rosenberg, President & CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health.

Fifteen million children and teens in the U.S. are currently experiencing a mental health issue. Suicide and substance use rates among young people have been steadily rising in the past decade, and certain groups, such as LGBTQ youth are at a higher risk of feeling isolated and distressed.

You can change this, you can help youth get the support they need.

If your organization has the passion and experience to help other organizations implement innovative mental health supports for diverse youth populations in healthcare settings and beyond – we need you – join our two-year learning opportunity as a mentor.

Strengthen communities and amplify the youth voice across the country.

This initiative aims to:

  • Connect young people to new types of mental health supports in five communities with guidance and support from mentors (that’s you!), coaches and experts.
  • Connect 20 youth to each other and their communities as leaders and advisors to elevate their experience and voice as well as support implementation of engagement strategies put into effect by pilot sites.
  • Connect communities with these new approaches to increase awareness and availability.

Mentors will receive up to $50,000 in funding to support these efforts.

Are you motivated to improve mental health outcomes for young people from diverse and underserved communities? Apply todayYou do not need to be a mental health agency or National Council member to participate.

Applications are due by Friday, November 9, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Visit our webpage for more information and plan to participate in virtual office hours on Thursday, October 25th and November 1st, 2 to 3 p.m. ET.

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About the Author

Linda Rosenberg, MSW

Linda Rosenberg is a national expert in the financing and delivery of mental health and substance services. Under her leadership, the National Council for Behavioral Health has become our nation’s most effective advocate for behavioral health prevention, early intervention, science-based treatment, and recovery. Harnessing the voices of the 10 million adults, children, and families served by the National Council’s 2,500 member organizations, Rosenberg helped secure passage of the federal parity law, expanded integrated behavioral and primary care services, introduced Mental Health First Aid in the U.S., and built an array of organizational, clinical and workforce improvement initiatives. The National Council’s strong support of the Mental Health Excellence Act will result in the first comprehensive effort to establish community accountability for the health of people with serious mental illnesses and addictions, the consistent utilization of evidence-based practices, and the standardized measurement of outcomes. Rosenberg was Senior Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health prior to joining the National Council. She has over 30 years experience in designing and operating hospitals, community and housing programs, and implemented New York’s first Mental Health Court. Rosenberg serves on an array of boards of directors and is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

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