Improving the behavioral health of children & their families

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Mental health – social-emotional well-being – is fundamental to overall health and an important contributor to a child's success in school and in adulthood. Social and emotional challenges are common, impacting one in five NH children, many of whom do not receive the services and supports they need to get back on a healthy developmental trajectory. Despite recent progress, the children’s behavioral health system remains underfunded and lacks capacity to support all children and families in need of care. Of particular concern are girls, LGBTQ youth, and children with disabilities who are at higher risk for suicide.

The Endowment will continue to proactively invest in leadership and advocacy, and public policy change within our children’s behavioral health systems. Our emphasis on strategic grantmaking will allow us to have more sustainable impact in the field. Our Strategic Grants are identified in partnership with key stakeholders. Interested applicants should contact Kim Firth for more information. 

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Congratulations to Makayla P. who won the 2023 People’s Choice Award for her submission in the Magnify Voices Expressive Arts Contest. Check out all of the powerful student artwork on the Children’s System of Care website.

Understanding Inequitable Access to Behavioral Health Services

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The We Are Here video project elevates the voices of Granite Staters from marginalized communities who have struggled to access behavioral healthcare. The videos and discussion guides seek to advance equity in care by understanding participants’ unique cultural experiences, the systemic barriers they encountered, and by exploring effective strategies. They are available, free-of-charge, for individuals and organizations interested in using them to improve access to and quality of behavioral healthcare within their settings. To obtain access to the videos, use this link. Together we can better serve people from diverse communities.

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Our Community Partners

New Futures

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Advocates, educates and collaborates to improve health and wellness through policy change

National Alliance on Mental Illness - NH

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Working to improve the lives of all people affected by mental illness and suicide through support, education and advocacy

Children's System of Care Website

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Improving the mental and behavioral health of Granite State children, youth and their families through a network of resources and support

NH Children's Behavioral Health Workforce Development Network

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Convening, promoting, developing, implementing, and disseminating interdisciplinary workforce development activities

NH Association for Infant Mental Health

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Promoting healthy social emotional development before birth and beyond by raising awareness, offering education and fostering collaboration
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