Young Minds Matter: Communities Connecting for Well-being was a free, one-day training event for people who care about children, youth, families, and caregivers. This year’s event theme grew out of the foundation’s new strategic direction, which focuses on changing community conditions and the root causes that contribute to poor mental health, especially in communities that have been subjected to bias and discrimination. Like previous Young Minds Matter conferences, we will focus on children, transition-age youth and their caregivers, and this year we’ll explore the many ways communities can promote well-being, including mental health in everyday life.
- Learned about upstream*, community approaches to improve the mental well-being of children, youth, and families.
- Discussed ways to strengthen community factors that are linked to thriving mental health and well-being.
- Engaged in candid discussions about how structural bias* impacts the mental well-being of children and youth of color.
- Identified the importance of engaging historically excluded groups (racial and ethnic minorities, people with low incomes, people with disabilities or mental health conditions, etc.) in all aspects of multisector, collaborative work.
- Engaged and network with others interested in improving mental health and well-being of families in the greater Houston area and across Texas.
Going upstream means addressing health and mental health challenges beforepeople get sick or injured. Upstream solutions get as close to the root source of the problem as possible. Downstream solutions focus on treatment and interventions for individuals once an issue is already present.
Structural bias occurs when institutions such as schools, banks, businesses, or government agencies reinforce biases like racism, prejudice against people with low incomes, and other types of injustices.
Historically excluded or marginalized groups are groups of people who have been systematically denied the opportunity to achieve optimal health because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, mental health condition, socioeconomic status, geography, etc.
Young Minds Matter 2019 was hosted by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, which works collaboratively to transform how communities promote mental health and well-being in everyday life. It was coordinated by Prevention Institute, a national nonprofit committed to the vision that all people experience their full potential for health, safety, and well-being across the course of their lives.