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"Families are big, small, extended, nuclear, blended, and multi-generational, with one parent, two parents, and grandparents. We live under one roof or many. A family can be as temporary as a few weeks, as permanent as forever. We become part of a family by birth, fostering, adoption, marriage, or from a desire for mutual support. Together, our families create our neighborhoods and communities."
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If it is ABOUT families, it must be WITH families… child, youth, and young adult mental health is about families.


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10 Facts about Father Engagement Fact Sheet Family Engagement Community Partners & Providers
A Family’s Guide to the Child Welfare System Guide Navigating the Child-Serving Systems Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults
A Guide for Father Involvement in Systems of Care Guide Family Engagement, System of Care Community Partners & Providers
A Roadmap to the Ideal Juvenile Justice System Report Juvenile Justice, Parenting Support, Resources, System of Care Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Advancing Behavioral Health Collaborations to Ensure Student Success: School – Mental Health Resource Guide Guide Practical Strategies, School-Based Mental Health, Skill Building, Transitioning to Adulthood, Youth & Young Adult Engagement Community Partners & Providers
Advocating for Your Child Fact Sheet Advocating, Effective Communication Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults
After the Harvest – A Book for Children About Saying Goodbye Book Effective Communication, Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge, Teaching Social Emotional Skills, Trauma-Informed, Virtual Resources Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Approaches to Father Engagement and Fathers’ Experiences in Home Visiting Programs Research Summary Family Engagement, Research Community Partners & Providers
Are We Trauma-Informed? Tools to Measure Progress in a Program, School, or Organization Issue Brief Evidence-Based Practices, Trauma-Informed Caregivers & Parents
Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee Website Behavior Intervention, Data, Infant and Early Childhood, Evidence-Based Practices, Research, State-Wide Implementation, Teaching Social Emotional Skills, Training Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Infants & Early Childhood, Community Partners & Providers
Autism: Should My Child Take Medicine for Challenging Behavior? Guide Behavior Intervention, Family Peer Support, Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge, Parenting Support, Responding to Challenging Behaviors Caregivers & Parents, Children
Being an Effective Advocate for your Child Article Advocating, Effective Communication, Skill Building Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults
Bringing Back the Dads: Changing Practices in Child Welfare Systems Research Summary Family Engagement, Research Community Partners & Providers
Building Strong Brains Tennessee – Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Website Research, Training Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Bullying and LGBT Youth Tip Sheet Practical Strategies, Resources, Transitioning to Adulthood, Youth & Young Adult Engagement Caregivers & Parents, Community Partners & Providers
Center for Disease Control – Children’s Mental Health Website Data, Evidence-Based Practices, Research Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Center of Excellence for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Website Evidence-Based Practices, Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge, Research, Training, Virtual Resources Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Infants & Early Childhood, Community Partners & Providers
Challenging Behaviors – ZERO to THREE Website Behavior Intervention, Coaching, Infant and Early Childhood, Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge, Practical Strategies, Resources, Responding to Challenging Behaviors Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Infants & Early Childhood, Community Partners & Providers
Childhood Bullying: Awareness, Interventions, and a Model for Change Issue Brief Infant and Early Childhood, Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Children, Community Partners & Providers
Childhood Traumatic Grief Fact Sheets for Providers & Caregivers Fact Sheet Effective Communication, Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Classroom Guide for Mental Health Guide School-Based Mental Health Community Partners & Providers
College to Career: Supporting Mental Health Research Article Research, Transitioning to Adulthood, Youth & Young Adult Engagement Caregivers & Parents, Community Partners & Providers
Coping when your Child has Mental Health Challenges: A Guide for Parents Guide Practical Strategies, Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge Caregivers & Parents
Creating a Trauma-Informed System of Care for Formerly Incarcerated Dads Report Family Engagement, Parenting Support, System of Care, Trauma-Informed Caregivers & Parents, Community Partners & Providers
Cyberbullying: Identification, Prevention, & Response Tip Sheet Effective Communication, Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge, Parenting Support, School-Based Mental Health, Transitioning to Adulthood Caregivers & Parents, Community Partners & Providers
Demystifying Psychosis: For Family Members Video Navigating the Child-Serving Systems, Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge, Virtual Resources Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Youth & Young Adults
Developmental Trauma Disorder: Identifying Critical Moments and Healing Complex Trauma Webinar Practical Strategies, Resources, Skill Building, Training, Virtual Resources Community Partners & Providers
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Website Infant and Early Childhood, Evidence-Based Practices, Resources Community Partners & Providers
Effectively Employing Young Adult Peer Providers: A Toolkit Toolkit Skill Building, Transitioning to Adulthood, Youth & Young Adult Engagement Children, Youth & Young Adults, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Eight Principles to Transform Care for Young People in the Justice System Family Engagement, Juvenile Justice, Parenting Support Caregivers & Parents
Emerging Strategies for Engaging Young People in Systems of Care Tip Sheet Practical Strategies, Program-Wide Implementation, Skill Building, System of Care, Transitioning to Adulthood, Trauma-Informed, Youth & Young Adult Engagement Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Empowering Justice-Involved Youth: Practitioner’s Guide Guide Youth & Young Adult Engagement Community Partners & Providers
Engaging Fathers and Paternal Family Members Website Family Engagement, Resources Community Partners & Providers
Engaging with Schools to Support Your Child with Psychosis Tip Sheet Advocating, Navigating the Child-Serving Systems, Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge, Practical Strategies, School-Based Mental Health Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults
Evidence Base Update for Psychosocial Treatments for Disruptive Behaviors in Children Research Article Research, Responding to Challenging Behaviors Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Children, Community Partners & Providers
Family Centered Treatment Fact Sheet Fact Sheet Family Engagement, Navigating the Child-Serving Systems Community Partners & Providers
Father Engagement: Addressing the Challenges Video Effective Communication, Family Engagement, Tools for Building Relationships Community Partners & Providers
Five Ways to Help Kin Caregivers Now Article Effective Communication, Family Engagement, Practical Strategies Caregivers & Parents, Community Partners & Providers
Guiding Caregivers: How to Talk to a Child about Deportation or Separation Fact Sheet Effective Communication, Resources Caregivers & Parents
Help Teens Make Healthy Choices – NIDA Toolkit for Counselors and Educators Toolkit Behavior Intervention, Data, Practical Strategies, Research, Resources, School-Based Mental Health, Transitioning to Adulthood Community Partners & Providers
Helping Children and Youth Who Have Traumatic Experiences Issue Brief Research, Trauma-Informed, Youth & Young Adult Engagement Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Helping Families Understand Services for Persons with Early Serious Mental Illness Tip Sheet Family Engagement, Navigating the Child-Serving Systems Caregivers & Parents
Homelessness in America: Focus on Youth Issue Brief Data, Practical Strategies, Research, Transitioning to Adulthood Community Partners & Providers
How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behaviors Article Responding to Challenging Behaviors Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
How Can Mindfulness Support Parenting and Caregiving? Research Summary Parenting Support Caregivers & Parents
How to Talk about Mental Health: Addressing Misunderstandings about Mental Health in the Media Tip Sheet Advocating, Behavior Intervention, Coaching, Effective Communication, Practical Strategies Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Children, Infants & Early Childhood, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Important Information for Parents and Friends of Young People Experiencing Psychosis Tip Sheet Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge, Skill Building, Teaching Social Emotional Skills, Transitioning to Adulthood, Youth & Young Adult Engagement Caregivers & Parents, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Infant/Toddler Temperament Tool Website Infant and Early Childhood, Parenting Support, Virtual Resources Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Infants & Early Childhood, Community Partners & Providers
Maine Parent Federation Advocacy Guide Guide Advocating, Practical Strategies Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults
National Center Developments for Pyramid Model Innovations Website Infant and Early Childhood, Pyramid Basics Caregivers & Parents, Community Partners & Providers
National Center Developments for Pyramid Model Innovations – Evidence-Based Practices Website Infant and Early Childhood, Evidence-Based Practices, Practical Strategies, Pyramid Basics Community Partners & Providers
National Center Developments for Pyramid Model Innovations – Family Engagement Website Infant and Early Childhood, Family Engagement, Parenting Support, Pyramid Basics Caregivers & Parents, Community Partners & Providers
National Wraparound Initiative Webinars Webinar Coaching, Resources, State-Wide Implementation, System of Care, Training, Virtual Resources Community Partners & Providers
NCTSN: Bullying & Trauma Facts Fact Sheet Advocating, Infant and Early Childhood, Navigating the Child-Serving Systems, Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge, Trauma-Informed Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Parenting: Difficult Conversations – Seasame Street Video Coaching, Effective Communication, Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge, Parenting Support, Practical Strategies, Virtual Resources Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Pathways Transition Training Video Briefs Video Navigating the Child-Serving Systems, Practical Strategies, Tools for Building Relationships, Transitioning to Adulthood, Virtual Resources, Youth & Young Adult Engagement Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Leveraging the Best Available Evidence Report Evidence-Based Practices, Navigating the Child-Serving Systems, Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge, Research, Trauma-Informed Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Children, Infants & Early Childhood, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Primer for Juvenile Court Judges: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Judicial Decision-Making for Newcomer Immigrant Youth in Juvenile Justice Proceedings Toolkit Navigating the Child-Serving Systems, Practical Strategies, Trauma-Informed, Juvenile Justice Community Partners & Providers
Problem Behavior in Preschoolers Article Responding to Challenging Behaviors, School-Based Mental Health Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Children
Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood: Pathways Transition Toolkit Toolkit Youth & Young Adult Engagement Community Partners & Providers
Safe Places, Safe Spaces: Creating Welcoming & Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth Video Video Advocating, Transitioning to Adulthood, Trauma-Informed, Youth & Young Adult Engagement Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
SAMHSA: Healthy Pregnancy Healthy Baby Fact Sheets Fact Sheet Infant and Early Childhood Caregivers & Parents, Community Partners & Providers
SAMHSA’s Youth Engagement Guidance Guide Youth & Young Adult Engagement Community Partners & Providers
Self-Care for Families and Caregivers Tip Sheet Family Peer Support, Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge, Parenting Support, Practical Strategies Caregivers & Parents
Spanish-Language Resources for/about Youth/Young Adults Website Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge, Practical Strategies, Resources, Transitioning to Adulthood, Youth & Young Adult Engagement Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Starting the Conversation: College and your Mental Health Guide Practical Strategies, Transitioning to Adulthood Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Youth & Young Adults
Strategic Sharing – Youth Toolkit Effective Communication, Skill Building, Youth & Young Adult Peer Support Children, Youth & Young Adults, Youth & Young Adults
Strategic Sharing Workbook Guide Advocating, Effective Communication, Youth & Young Adult Peer Support Children, Youth & Young Adults, Youth & Young Adults
Suicide and Social Media: A Tip Sheet for Parents and Providers Tip Sheet Effective Communication, Navigating the Child-Serving Systems, Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge, Parenting Support, Practical Strategies, Suicide Prevention Caregivers & Parents, Community Partners & Providers
Supporting Employment for Young Adults Living with Mental Health Conditions Tip Sheet Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge, Research, Skill Building, Transitioning to Adulthood, Youth & Young Adult Engagement Caregivers & Parents, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Supporting Relationships Between Children and Their Incarcerated Parents Tip Sheet Juvenile Justice, Navigating the Child-Serving Systems, Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge, Parenting Support, Tools for Building Relationships Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Supporting Transgender Children and Youth: Laying the Foundation Video Webinar Parenting Support, Transitioning to Adulthood, Virtual Resources, Youth & Young Adult Engagement Caregivers & Parents
Telling Your Recovery Story Article Advocating, Effective Communication, Family Peer Support, Youth & Young Adult Peer Support Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Youth & Young Adults
Telling Your Story Effectively Tip Sheet Effective Communication, Family Peer Support, Youth & Young Adult Peer Support Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Youth & Young Adults
Tennessee Comprehensive School-Based Mental Health Resource Guide Guide Evidence-Based Practices, Navigating the Child-Serving Systems, Positive Behavior Intervention Support, Practical Strategies, Resources, School-Based Mental Health Community Partners & Providers
The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth Report Data, Research, Transitioning to Adulthood Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Think Cultural Health E-Learning Website Resources, System of Care, Training, Virtual Resources Caregivers & Parents, Community Partners & Providers
Tips to Promote Social-Emotional Health Among Young Children Tip Sheet Coaching, Infant and Early Childhood, Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge, Practical Strategies, Skill Building, Teaching Social Emotional Skills Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Children, Infants & Early Childhood, Community Partners & Providers
TN Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Licensed Sites Website Resources Caregivers & Parents, Community Partners & Providers
Transgender Identity and Health Risk Behaviors Among High School Students Report Report Data, Research, Transitioning to Adulthood Caregivers & Parents, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Traumatic Experiences Can Impact Learning, Behavior, and Relationships at School – Videos Video Virtual Resources, Trauma-Informed Caregivers & Parents, Community Partners & Providers
TRIAD: Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders Website Behavior Intervention, Effective Communication, Evidence-Based Practices, Family Engagement, Navigating the Child-Serving Systems, Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge, Parenting Support, Practical Strategies, Research, Resources, Responding to Challenging Behaviors, Skill Building, Virtual Resources Caregivers & Parents, Community Partners & Providers
Understanding a First Episode of Psychosis: Caregiver Fact Sheet Parenting a child, youth, young adult with a mental health or substance abuse challenge, Parenting Support, Practical Strategies, Resources, Transitioning to Adulthood Caregivers & Parents
Understanding Issues Facing LGBT People in the U.S. Issue Brief Advocating, Data, Practical Strategies, Research Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Understanding Latino Youth Recovery: Issues, Assets, and Creating Resiliency Webinar Family Peer Support, Navigating the Child-Serving Systems, Youth & Young Adult Engagement, Youth & Young Adult Peer Support Caregivers & Parents, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Understanding Refugee Trauma: For Child Welfare Fact Sheet Navigating the Child-Serving Systems, Practical Strategies, Trauma-Informed Community Partners & Providers
Urban Child Institute Activity Book – Ages 3-5 Activity Book Skill Building Children, Youth & Young Adults, Children, Infants & Early Childhood
Video: Co-Occurring Disorders Video Resources, Virtual Resources Caregivers & Parents, Community Partners & Providers
What Can We Do About Toxic Stress? Infographic Behavior Intervention, Data, Evidence-Based Practices, Infant and Early Childhood, Responding to Challenging Behaviors, System of Care, Trauma-Informed Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Children, Infants & Early Childhood, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
What is Wraparound? Video Video System of Care Community Partners & Providers
Why Teens Should Understand Their Own Brains (And Why Their Teachers Should, Too!) Article Youth & Young Adult Engagement Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers
Wraparound for Older Youth & Young Adults: Providers’ Views on Whether and How to Adapt Wraparound Research Article Research, System of Care, Youth & Young Adult Engagement Community Partners & Providers
Wraparound for Older Youth and Young Adults: Providers’ Views on Whether and How to Adapt Wraparound Report Practical Strategies, Research, System of Care, Transitioning to Adulthood, Youth & Young Adult Engagement Community Partners & Providers
Your Story: A Powerful Advocacy Tool Article Advocating, Effective Communication, Family Peer Support, Youth & Young Adult Peer Support Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Youth & Young Adults
Youth.gov Website Data, Evidence-Based Practices, Research, Skill Building, Tools for Building Relationships, Resources, Virtual Resources Caregivers & Parents, Children, Youth & Young Adults, Youth & Young Adults, Community Partners & Providers