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How Caring Adults can Start the Conversation About Mental Health

As caring adults, it’s important for us to recognize when youth may be struggling and find ways to help them open up about their mental health. A study conducted by Child Trends reported that “the presence of one or more caring, committed adults in a child’s life increases the likelihood that children and youth flourish, and become productive adults themselves” (Child Trends, 2013).

Mentoring Youth in Need

It’s often assumed that the only way to help youth in foster care is by becoming a foster parent. While this is a noble way to help, it's not the only way. Becoming a mentor to youth is a great way to support and expose them to positive influences.

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