The human mind is one of the most complex structures in the universe. Even in early infancy, it is capable of taking in a wide variety of inputs. Still, in our early years, we’ve only unlocked a small portion of its potential. Our brains actually continue to develop into our twenties. Accordingly, the U.S. Government embraces a definition of youth that continues until we turn 25.
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By: Larke N. Huang, Ph.D., Director, Office of Behavioral Health Equity, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
All children deserve the opportunity to live healthy, productive lives. Our society assumes this will happen for all children, but it’s critical that we know the essentials for actually making this happen. We know that the key is to start investing in young people’s futures early and continue those investments throughout their formative years. But, do we know what to invest in?