Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and a perfect time to spotlight a new program aimed at helping families who have children experiencing significant mental health challenges. With more than 50% of lifetime mental health issues presenting before the age of 14, linking families to timely and appropriate services is critical to maintaining a safe and stable home.

Launched in 2018, Breakthrough is a prime example of Embrace Families’ commitment to innovation in support of our community. Operated in partnership with Orange County Government and Federation of Families of Central Florida, Breakthrough’s team of Family Support Navigators ensure that families are linked to services that best fit their needs, offered by providers committed to a child-centered, family-driven approach.

Partnering with families works — 72% of teens in the Breakthrough program had a reduction in psychiatric hospitalization in the twelve months after enrolling, and more than half did not experience any hospitalizations at all.

Are you interested in learning more about youth mental health? Embrace Families offers a six-hour certification in Youth Mental Health First Aid — free to any member of our community.

Click here to learn more, or email kathryn.labrador@embracefamilies.org

to sign up for a training.