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Your mental health matters

As a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health, we’re here to help provide solutions to the youth we serve, their families, and the community when it comes to battling the many layers of anxiety. As we observe National Mental Health Awareness Month, we will address how anxiety is a reaction to stress, and how it affects us as a society.

Take some time to look within and around, as you are more than your anxiety. Whether stress is weighing you down, life is taking its toll, or your thoughts are making you doubt yourself, we want to encourage you that you are bigger than these obstacles by bringing you a series of mental health chats with our clinical staff, effective tips, and free resources.

The Experts have entered the chat

For #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth, we sat down with two of our licensed program experts, Dr. Angel Gooden and Dr. Alex Barton, to discuss all things #anxiety, including its signs and how to “protect your peace.”

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Dr. Gooden
Licensed Program Expert

Dr. Alex Barton

Dr. Barton
Licensed Program Expert

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Stronger Than You Think Youth Villages

As we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, we invite you to listen to stories of resilience from former foster youth and the mental health practices that helped them to persevere.

Growing up, Darrah was the strong one. From a young age, her mother’s mental illness forced her to be the adult of the household. For Darrah, entering the foster care system and experiencing structure for the first time was a relief; but even then, she was on her own.

Want to hear more powerful stories of resilience? Listen to seasons 1 and 2 of Stronger Than You Think.

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Take a look at how we’re impacting the youth mental health crisis in America.


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Get the facts, support and inspiration you need to boost your outlook below. Make a difference in your self-awareness journey and others by listening, reading, watching and sharing these resources picked by our licensed experts

Join The Conversation

Join the #HowAreYouFeeling Campaign! Throughout the month of May, we invite you to share with us on social media why mental health is health by tagging us (@YouthVillages) and using our hashtags #HowAreYouFeeling and #MentalHealthMatters.

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To help get you get started, feel free to use the sample posts.

Mental Health is Health. It’s time to talk about it. #HowAreYouFeeling @YouthVillages

REMINDER: You are STRONGER than your anxiety. #HowAreYouFeeling @YouthVillages

Go easy on yourself. Whatever you do today, let it be enough. #HowAreYouFeeling @YouthVillages

Share some of our graphics and access our full set here. Tag @YouthVillages and use the hashtags #HowAreYouFeeling and #MentalHealthMatters.

Mental Health Awareness Affirmations - I am safe and in control
Mental Health Awareness Affirmations - I have survived my anxiety before. I will survive it now.
Mental Health Awareness Affirmations - This too shall pass