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The “One Thing” to Improve Children’s Mental Health

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During this time of stress and strain, the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health is making social connectedness the “one thing” that we can do to best improve children’s well-being. That big takeaway is highlighted in the Office’s Annual Report for 2021, which covers the work of the staff and partners, data on Wisconsin youth mental health and well-being, and next steps. After reviewing the data and hearing from partners and those with lived experience, it was determined that social connectedness is essential to building life skills that allow each person to build and maintain strong relationships. As they put it, “Youth are socially connected when they are actively engaged in positive relationships where they feel they belong, are safe, cared for, valued, and supported.” You can read the entire report on the Office’s website, where you’ll also find resources, data, and trainings. You can also watch the briefing on the annual report on YouTube.