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. 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.
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.
Exploring Inequitable Access to Behavioral Health Services
We Are Here stories amplify the voices of Granite Staters from historically marginalized communities who experienced inequitable access to behavioral health services. The We Are Here Discussion Guides utilize the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) to provide solutions to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate disparities in New Hampshire.