THE SOURCE: PROJECTSEarly Childhood Mental Health
EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH
Early childhood mental health sets the stage for a child’s development. By addressing young children’s social and emotional development, we give them a better chance to form healthy relationships, manage their behavior and succeed in structured settings like child care or school.
Form close and secure relationships
Experience, manage and express a full range of emotions
Explore and learn from their environment
“Mental health can’t be separated out from cognitive development and language development and social competence. They all have their roots very early on.”
In 2018 a team reached out to some local preschool and child care centers in Elkhart County to better understand the social and emotional development needs of children in their care.
This information helped the design team choose which universal approach best fit with our county’s specific needs. We are grateful to those centers that participated!
We would like to thank our many partners for their support and dedication as we work toward equal distribution of social and emotional resources to families and young children in Elkhart County so that they can have a positive impact in our community.
CALL TO ACTIONIf you or your child need help or have questions, check out our list of community resources and remember, IT’S OK TO ASK!
IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY CALL 911 or GO TO NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM
For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 988 or text the word ‘home’ to 741741 for Crisis Text Line.