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May is National Mental Health Month

National Mental Health Month raises awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities. Children’s physical and emotional health is of immediate concern but also has long-lasting effects on their health as adults.

Recognizing that afterschool and summer learning programs are uniquely positioned to help meet the needs, including mental health needs, of the whole child, NCASE offers resources on addressing adverse childhood experiences and boosting resiliency in the NCASE Resource Library.

A recent issue brief released by the Afterschool Alliance, A Big-Picture Approach to Wellness: Afterschool Supporting Strong Bodies and Minds, looks at the research on the physical and mental health needs of children and youth, noting that, “The adaptable nature of the afterschool field to adjust to the specific needs of the children and families they serve and the field’s roots in positive youth development establish afterschool and summer learning programs as a strong partner in an inclusive approach to improve children’s health.”