THE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT INC

we ALL have mental health.

aka Mrs. Randi Silverman   |   Darien, CT   |  www.YMHProject.org

Mission

We educate, empower, and support families and communities to better understand and care for the mental health of our youth.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Mrs. Valerie Barton

Main address

12 Salt Box Ln

Darien, CT 06820 USA

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EIN

81-2079516

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

Mental Health Association, Multipurpose (F80)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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We envision a world where people are just as aware of their mental wellbeing as they are of physical wellbeing; a world made up of informed families and caring communities that support the mental fitness and development of young people in every way. The Youth Mental Health Project aims to arm parents and communities with knowledge of the mental health continuum. As our kids grow parents often work together on educational, sports and other related needs. When it comes to ages and stages we as parents compare and advise almost daily. Yet when it comes to seeking help for our children’s emotional and mental health we so often turn inward and hide. We aim to change that through knowledge and tools.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Film Screenings

A film screening brings community members together in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere to tackle a conversation that is often silenced.

Using personal storytelling and the compelling film, NO LETTING GO, The Youth Mental Health Project seeks to spark community conversations about youth mental health in an effort to increase awareness and understanding, promote mental health literacy and inspire changes that will lead to early identification and intervention.

An award winning film, NO LETTING GO is an honest and compelling story that examines a multitude of important topics, including the toll mental illness takes on an entire family and the impact of society’s judgement.

A film screening followed by a discussion, presentation or Q & A facilitated by a speaker trained by The Youth Mental Health Project provides audiences with an opportunity to engage in open and thoughtful dialogue and gives community organizations a chance to inform, educate and engage.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Parents

Randi Silverman, the award-winning film producer and screenwriter of NO LETTING GO, is also a mother of a child who struggled with his mental health at an early age. Using compelling storytelling and real-life experiences, backed by the latest in science and research, Randi brings the complicated and sometimes uncomfortable subject of youth mental health to life in a way that is compelling, educational and reassuring. Her story is one of hope and her message is that early intervention is possible if we improve mental health literacy.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Caregivers

Recognizing the utter lack of support for families, The Youth Mental Health Project developed The Parent Support Network, a parent-driven, family focused program, to provide parents who are concerned about their children’s mental health with a dependable and caring network, valuable peer support, and access to peer recommended resources in their local communities.

Each affiliate of The Parent Support Network holds monthly, in-person, parent support meetings run by volunteer, trained Facilitators who are parents with lived experience raising a child who has struggled with his or her mental health. The Parent Support Network model is based on the following foundation:
- Meetings are in-person, confidential and free for parents and caregivers;
- Meetings are open to any parent or caregiver who is concerned about their kids (ages 1 - 24) who struggle with anxiety, depression, mood dysregulation, or other emotional, behavioral or mental health problems;
- A child does NOT need to have a diagnosis for a parent to benefit from meetings;
- Meetings are organized and led by a trained Facilitator who is a parent or caregiver with lived experience raising a child with a mental health condition;
- While the dialogue among parents is facilitated, the content is driven by the needs of the parents in attendance;
- Parents work together to share experiences and resources.

Parents also work together to gather a reliable and vetted list of invaluable community and regional resources to help each other and to enable other families to seek and find the help they need. Vetted for parents and by parents, there is no better resource than a referral from someone who shares your experience.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Parents

We believe that mental health lies on a continuum and includes our emotional, psychological and social well being. Important at every stage of life, mental health affects the way a person thinks, feels, relates to others, and behaves. Just like physical health, mental health can and does shift, change, or evolve throughout a person’s life. Our educational materials will enlighten and create a better understanding of youth mental health.
In partnering with the nationally recognized Silver Hill Hospital to develop an innovative way to understand the concept of mental health, we have developed common language tools to make approaching mental health as easily as physical health. Backed by personal experience, the latest scientific research, our free, downloadable educational materials give a refreshing look at the experience of mental health between birth and the age of 24.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Direction of Success

Increasing

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Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Youth Mental Health Project believes it is essential that communities focus on what can be done to improve the mental health of the youth population. As with any other health concern, early intervention is crucial to improving outcomes. Stereotypes, discrimination and fear, however, contribute to the deafening silence around the mental health needs of young people, making identification, treatment and access to resources extremely difficult.

Educate - Our educational materials will enlighten and create a better understanding of youth mental health.

Speakers - Our presentations are practical, educational and respectful of traditional approaches, and yet serve to spark a positive dialogue around the issue of children’s mental health.

Film Screenings - A beautiful and poignant film, NO LETTING GO has the power to entertain, to engage and to educate diverse audiences about the vitally important issue of mental health in children, adolescents and young adults.

The Parent Support Network - We developed The Parent Support Network because we recognized that, when it comes to the mental health of our children, parents remain isolated. It can be difficult to find and access proper resources, and we are here to help you meet these challenges. We are in multiple states and will continue to grow the program.

We are capable of meeting these goals as we have a solid donation support, grants and partnerships.

In 2019 we had the following:

We have had over 100,000+people watched NO LETTING GO on Amazon.
We had 12 public screenings of the movie and 8 speakership events .
The Parent Support Network completed its first full year of programming services and is now in 5 states and have over 40 volunteers. We have had over 500 parents attend meetings in 2019.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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THE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT INC

Board of directors
as of 12/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Irv Stern

The Youth Mental Health Project

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable