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Mental Health Resources2021-05-12T10:28:55-07:00

Mental health is an essential part of the overall health of children. When children are mentally healthy, they reach developmental and emotional milestones, and are able to develop coping mechanisms that allow them to work through their problems. Factors influencing the mental health of children are both social and psychological.

Some factors that can help keep children and youth mentally well include:

  • Eating healthy
  • Regular exercise
  • Feeling loved
  • Feeling safe
  • Going to a school that looks after the wellbeing of all its students
  • Feeling a sense of belonging in their family, school and community

With that said, there are many risk factors that make some children more likely to experience problems than others, including:

  • Poverty
  • Racism
  • Family breakup or loss
  • Peer rejection
  • Abuse
  • Poor self esteem
  • Community or school violence


Tell us about a time when you were feeling stressed and what you did to make yourself feel better. Or tell us how mental illness has affected your life. Share your story for a chance to win a LA Dodgers team-issued Jackie Robinson Day jersey and an opportunity to take a photo with the World Series trophy.


More than 500,000 California children with identified mental health needs go without care each year, and that was before COVID-19. This global pandemic has brought on extreme stress and social isolation and many children and youth are not getting the mental health or preventative health care they need. Children’s Defense Fund-California works to ensure children—especially poor, Black, Indigenous and other children of color—have access to high quality health and mental health services in their schools and communities.

Support Our Work

Recognizing the importance of children’s mental health, Children’s Defense Fund-California and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation are partnering to support the mental health of young Angelenos.

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