Are the Children Well? A Model and Recommendations for Promoting the Mental Wellness of the Nation's Young People

Are the Children Well? A Model and Recommendations for Promoting the Mental Wellness of the Nation's Young People
This report from Child Trends, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, builds on prior work aimed at ending longstanding disparities between physical and mental health care, and to foster wellness. It argues that the separation of physical and mental health is harmful and proposes shifting to a more comprehensive view of well-being and promoting wellness as a community goal. This report summarizes knowledge regarding children’s mental health, discusses the economic and social burdens associated with the current system of separating physical and mental health, examines how services are accessed and paid for, and outlines research on mental wellness and illness over the life course. A more inclusive framework is offered in which: (1) mental and physical wellness are inseparable; (2) wellness is viewed as more than the absence of illness; and (3) wellness is thought of as a resource. Readers are provided with examples of opportunities for improving well-being within a re-framed model of mental wellness, as well as policy and program recommendations. (July 2014)


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