Let’s Talk about Mental Health & Trauma

The Impact

According to the Center for Disease Control, half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14 and three-quarters begin by age 24. It is a tremendous concern for young people.

Mental health involves the well-being of our emotional psychological, and social selves. Many factors may contribute to mental illness, including a history of trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Biological factors, feelings of loneliness of isolation and more. The effects of traumatic experiences and toxic stress can often last a lifetime.

The past year has been one of increased stress and anxiety for youth and adults together. It’s time to take steps to support mental health.

California’s Surgeon General – Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

How Mind Matters Can Help!

The good news is that mental illness and trauma are treatable! Find programs and webinars to treat mental health early and effectively.

Mind Matters

Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience

Mind Matters’ lessons teach people ages 12+ to heal from ACEs and other negative experiences using innovative and researched methods. These skills give individuals a way to take charge of their emotions and improve their states of mind.

These shareable short video practices teach short self-soothing skills to reduce reactivity and build resilience. They are great tools for on-the go-stress-reducing practice.

On-demand learning

Mind Matters Now is an on-demand, virtual learning experience. The lessons are self-directed in the full 12-lesson series or in three shorter 4-lesson series. They are available at a low cost to front line workers, teachers, and medical professionals.


Read how a high school in Wyoming is using Mind Matters to improve mental health for their students.

Preliminary findings from an ongoing randomized control trial conducted at the University of Louisville on Mind Matters are now available.

Mind Matters teaches participants to positively respond to negative experiences. Students learn to address their physical, relational, and mental needs – skills designed to be practiced over a lifetime.


Learn some modest yet proven programmatic changes that will enhance your organization’s relationship skills program effectiveness with young people who have experienced childhood adversity.

Acesaware.org is offering free screening tools for children and adults to access their Adverse Childhood Experiences score (ACEs).

The Center for Disease Control also has a list of tips for parents to help their children cope during the Coronavirus.