Participation – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

When children are given opportunities to participate, they feel a sense of belonging and agency; and, that they are part of something bigger than themselves. They also gain skills that allow for more meaningful contributions to society. Local governments can create welcoming and inclusive environments that include children and youth in planning, decision-making, and governance, offering volunteer and employment opportunities and ensuring that government communications engage all ages.  

You may also be interested in viewing Protective Factor: Play, Protective Factor: Safety, or Protective Factor: Social connection and belonging. If you’re interested in more background information about where to start, how local governments influence and benefit from strengthening child and youth mental wellness, population disparities, and quality adults in children’s lives, check out the full document here.