“I’m proud that I have learned more skills to be better connected to my family” - Youth in Friends of the Children


Putting Children First Every Day

In May we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. For nearly 30 years, our professional mentoring model has specialized in serving children and families who have experienced significant adversity and face systemic obstacles – including barriers to accessing mental health supports.

Love, support, and belonging are critical to mental health and wellbeing. Our paid, professional mentors – Friends – do that and more for the youth in our program: providing stability, consistency, and intention around emotional, behavioral, and mental health support.

More than just the month of May, supporting children’s mental health is at the heart of Friends of the Children’s work every month, every week, and every day of the year.

Supporting Mental Health

The Friends of the Children model improves the mental, emotional, and behavioral health of youth in our program. Our paid, professional mentors are equipped to:

How a Feeling Wheel Helped Klamath Basin Youth Find a Positive "Head Space"

To read how our Friends in Klamath Basin are increasing engagement in mental health services by practicing skills outside the therapeutic context click the button below.

Not Just Communicating, but Seeing Eye-to-Eye

To read how our Friends in SF Bay area are expanding capacity by working with clinicians to provide trauma-informed, evidence-based mental health interventions, click the button below.

Working Together to Build a Stronger Village for Children

To read the full story about how our Friends in Los Angeles are improving access and reducing barriers to mental health services, click the button below.

Simone Biles Partners with Friends of the Children to Celebrate Youth

To read the full story of how Simone Biles is empowering youth by sharing her journey with mental health and foster care, click the button below.

Mental Health Awareness Month

This month Friends of the Children will be sharing weekly stories that show how important it is to support the mental health of youth. To spotlight Mental Health Awareness, we will also be using #MentalHealthMatters and #PutChildrenFirst hashtags on social media. We invite you to join the conversation and to sign up to receive our weekly Mental Health Awareness Month newsletter.

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