What We Do
With a strong focus on young people’s connections, environments, and socioeconomic systems, we want to address the early drivers of young people’s mental health. We believe those closest to the challenges can better identify needs and barriers and offer impactful and sustainable solutions.
That’s why our funding priorities in research, innovation, and ecosystem building are guided by locally driven country analyses and consultations with youth, policymakers, local organizations, and mental health experts. Together, we’re actively shaping this exciting work and influencing change for young people’s wellbeing!
Young People First
The most important part about Being? Young people are at the heart of the initiative’s programming. They serve as program advisors, as key stakeholders in consultations, and as Being grows, youth-led organizations will be central to carrying out the work in each of the priority countries.
Manvi Tiwari was an inspiring youth mental health activist and lived experience expert who worked with various global mental health-related initiatives and organizations including the Global Mental Health Peer Network,…View
In a recent Freethink article, we partnered with UNICEF Innovation and the UNICEF country office in Nigeria to spotlight how we can transform mental health care with “systems innovation” to improve young people’s mental wellbeing through…View
Led by Fondation Botnar, mental health practitioners, youth leaders, and researchers discussed the impact of urban environments on young people’s mental health in a comment on The Lancet titled “Why Cities Matter…View