Our Approach

We support young people’s mental health and wellbeing by focusing on three key pillars:

LEARN: to understand the needs and drivers of young people’s mental health.

INVEST: to fund youth-led mental health innovation; and

MOBILIZE: to foster partnerships and create an ecosystem that allows for system-wide change to support youth wellbeing.

Young people are at the heart of our approach. They serve as program advisors, as key stakeholders in consultations, and youth-led organizations will be central to carrying out the work in each of the priority countries. By sharing what we learn from our pillars and connecting people and networks, we want to support and improve research, programs, and policies that help young people’s mental health and wellbeing everywhere.

What We Fund

We fund research, innovation, and ecosystem building focused on young people’s mental health and wellbeing in 13 priority countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Pakistan, Romania, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Vietnam.

Countries where Being supports young people’s mental health

We believe those closest to the challenges can better identify needs and critical barriers and offer impactful and sustainable solutions. That’s why our research, innovation, and ecosystem building funding is guided by locally-driven landscape analyses and country consultations with youth, policymakers, local organizations, and mental health experts.

Beyond funding, we’re creating a learning and support community to share best practices, lessons, and our collective impact on global mental health. We support the scale and impact of funded organizations through dedicated technical support in monitoring and evaluation, stakeholder and youth engagement, fundraising, communications, and more.

Showcases how we support young people’s mental health through research, ecosystem building, and innovation guided by our landscape analyses and consultations.
A programmatic diagram depicting how the landscape analyses and country consultations we support will help inform all of the initiative’s funding and programming in research, innovation and ecosystem building.

Types of Funding


Country Consultations to determine young people’s mental health needs and drivers in each country, help build consensus around priorities for advocacy and funding, and guide funding priorities in research, innovation, and ecosystem building.

Longitudinal Studies in partnership with the Science for Africa Foundation to increase our understanding and anticipate the long-term impacts of emerging stressors, like emergencies, urban growth, pandemics, and climate change, on young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Ecosystem-Level Grants

Ecosystem Building Grants will help address systemic barriers preventing long-term implementation and integration of mental health services into related health, policy and other areas. These grants will take various forms, like local advocacy activities, policy development, narrative building, and anything in between, to address the barriers identified in the Country Consultations and help accelerate the scale and sustainability of mental health and wellbeing initiatives.

Innovation: Seed Funding

Seed Funding will support youth-led organizations to test and refine innovative ideas that address the drivers of young people’s mental wellbeing identified by the Country Consultations. With a focus on prevention and promotion, seed innovation funding ranges from social innovation to service delivery, product design, and more. What does this look like? Read some examples of mental health seed funding on the Grand Challenges Canada website!

Innovation: Transition-To-Scale Funding

Transition-To-Scale (TTS) Funding will support tested, high-impact innovations targeting youth mental health and wellbeing along their scaling journey to help catalyze their sustainability and impact. We will use Grand Challenges Canada’s TTS investment framework, which supports innovators based on their progress, giving them the right amount of funding for their stage of development.

Policy and Advocacy

We aim to unite donors, funders, investors, governments, multilateral scaling partners, local intermediaries, and communities by promoting the ongoing exchange of new evidence, innovation and learnings to advance global dialogue and advocate for young people’s wellbeing.

As a global mental health initiative, we’re actively seeking new partnerships to expand our scope and create an ecosystem for young people’s mental health and wellbeing.