Social and emotional wellness is just as important as physical health to a person’s overall wellbeing. The Boston Public Health Commission is involved in a variety of efforts to remove the stigma associated with mental health and to provide services and resources to improve the social and emotional wellness of everyone in Boston, starting at an early age.
We work with parents, healthcare providers, and state and federal partners to better integrate early childhood mental health in pediatric settings across Boston. In partnership with the Boston Public Schools, Partners HealthCare, and Wellesley College, we are also working to teach over 7,000 K-5 students and 750 school staff important skills that foster social emotional wellness
. By working together, we can create a strong foundation for a lifetime of success for our children.
Unfortunately, community violence is too frequent of an occurrence in our society, and we make every effort to support those who are most impacted. Our trauma response and recovery team works closely with community members to coordinate immediate support, such as behavioral health services, following a violent or traumatic event.
Our goal across all of our mental health initiatives is to support individuals and families in their community with robust services and resources that meet their unique needs.