Helping youth in crisis: Child mental health professionals, families and caregivers invited to NTTAC’s free virtual summit on May 11

SANTA ROSA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In response to the deepening national children’s mental health crisis, the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health (NTTAC) is offering a free virtual summit , “A journey together: redefining our approach to a system of care” from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT on Wednesday, May 11.

The event takes place in honor of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month at a time when the well-being of some 73 million American children is at stake. According to a study published last month in JAMA Pediatrics, anxiety, depression and behavioral problems among children increased in the five years leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic. And, in the first year of the pandemic, behavior and conduct problems in children increased by 21%.

“This is a unique opportunity to collaboratively envision the future of mental health care for children, youth and their families,” said Neal Horen, Ph.D., NTTAC Project Co-Director. “We seek to engage individuals and groups in discussions and identify resources that will help them strengthen the systems and organizations in which they work. Improving care for young people and their families is our top priority.

The virtual summit is open to parents, caregivers, youth, educators, clinicians, administrators, policy makers, child mental health advocates, recipients of the care system and others invested in the mental health and well-being of children. The event will provide multi-modal learning opportunities and small sessions for in-depth discussions on key topics, such as building clinical and peer workforce resilience, achieving gender equity school and community crisis intervention and response, trauma-informed systems and partnering with family and youth workers.

Interested attendees should register for the free virtual summit by May 4 at For details on additional NTTAC events during Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month and beyond, visit

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the nation’s behavioral health. Funded by SAMHSA, the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health (NTTAC) provides state, tribal, and community training and technical assistance on behavioral health for children. children, with a focus on care systems. SAMHSA has contracted the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) to implement the NTTAC programs.

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