Advocacy in Action

Advocate Psychosocial Support for Children Around the World

Every child needs and deserves support to build resilience and emotional well-being. Yet globally, 13% of children live with a mental health disorder, and on average, governments spend less than 2% of their health budgets on mental health. We need to invest in psychosocial support for children today.

The Mental Health in International Development and Humanitarian Settings (MINDS) Act is a bipartisan bill that directs the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State to integrate mental health and psychosocial support across all US foreign assistance programs. Psychosocial support is a process of facilitating resilience, and for children, it includes social-emotional learning in educational settings.

In addition to ensuring psychosocial support is included in US foreign aid, the MINDS Act promotes mental health activities; focuses on children, displaced populations, and other vulnerable groups; and coordinates interagency best practices for long-term impact.

What you do locally matters globally! Use the form to ask your members of Congress to cosponsor the MINDS Act. We’ve provided a prewritten letter that you can edit if you’d like to include a personal message.

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