Mayoral Priorities for the Behavioral Health System in Philadelphia

Children’s mental health is an essential piece of overall health and wellness and plays a critical role in a child’s ability to succeed in school, at home, and in their community. A mentally healthy childhood means reaching developmental and emotional milestones and learning healthy social skills and healthy coping mechanisms with challenges arise. Mentally healthy children have protective experiences in their life such as healthy nurturing and attachment, parental resilience and concrete supports for parents, and social connections, which lower the risk of negative mental health outcomes for kids. All children in Philadelphia deserve access to quality, universal supports to boost mental health and well-being.