Improving the behavioral health of children & their families
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. Unfortunately, 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, fragmented and uncoordinated, leaving children and families without access to the integrated supports needed to address problems early, when treatment is most effective. Our investments to date have helped to chart a new course for the NH children’s behavioral health system. We 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.
Advocates use their voices to improve children’s behavioral health care and raise awareness during 2019 children’s mental health awareness day
Reducing stigma associated with mental illness
Magnify Voices 2020 Expressive Art Contest, youth in middle and high school submitted films, creative writing pieces and other mediums of expression about mental health issues. Students are magnifying their voices, raising awareness, and helping other young people across New Hampshire.