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Aim Youth Mental Health

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Mental Health, Philanthropy

Mission: The organization's mission is to build a movement devoted to the mental health of children, teens, and young adults by funding clinical research to find better treatments and cures, raising awareness, and improving access to effective treatments. AIM established the AIM Beyond COVID Program to support taking treatments virtual, reaching larger populations through telehealth and digital medicine. AIM drives discussion and advocacy through Community Awareness and Ambassador programs and expands access to evidence-based solutions to reach youth in need through the AIM research programs. With a growing mental health crisis, AIM has developed community engagement programs, benefiting thousands, including: ● The AIM for Awareness Walk & Rally, providing a fair of mental health resources. ● The AIM Design Challenge for Middle and High School students, which has seen thousands of entries, fostering a positive venue for youth to explore what mental health means to them, and a platform free of stigma for teachers and parents to start the conversation about the importance of mental wellness. ● The AIM Scientific Symposium educates providers, educators and the community on the latest advancements in mental health treatments.

Target demographics: find and fund promising youth mental health research that can identify solutions to make a difference in young people’s lives, while building a movement devoted to the mental health of children, teens, and young adults. Our vision is simple: a world of mentally healthy youth.

Geographic areas served: the Monterey, Santa Cruz Counties of California and throughout the United States

Programs: AIM Ideas Lab: an education and prevention program designed to raise the voices of youth and ignite their advocacy in discovering mental health solutions that impact the wellbeing of all children and youth.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

Even before Covid 19, the growing number of our young people who struggle with their mental health had reached a crisis. Stresses brought on by the pandemic have only compounded the crisis. With an impressive track record, AIM is funding promising youth mental health research to identify solutions that make a difference in young people’s lives. AIM combines a strategic approach – assembling a world-class advisory board to guide investments, for example, and focusing on bridging the gap between cutting-edge research and clinical practice – with a lot of heart.

SDamnavits

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As children and young adults navigate an increasingly complex and nuanced world, we need to develop the tools only evidenced-based research can provide. AIM Youth Mental Health is leading the effort to amplify and fund this vitally important work. Their mission of not only funding but sharing and promoting the latest developments in the mental health of children, teens, and young adults is deeply impactful and appreciated. As the mother of two teen daughters each of whom has struggled with mental health issues, I appreciate their laser focus and commitment to helping our vulnerable young people.

Donor

Rating: 5

AIM Youth Mental Health brings a unique scientific approach to addressing youth mental health. To be commended.

1 Charles G.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with AIM has been as a supporter of the Founder Susan Stilwell... Over the past 7 years I have witnessed her tireless hours of dedication and passionate commitment to raising both awareness and funding for research for children, teens and young adults who suffer from Mental Health problems...Organization's like AIM are greatly needed to help young people get the support and treatment they need to understand and manage the personal issues that plague them... I want to encourage anyone who wants to support an extremely worth while cause to donate to AIM... I am moved an inspired by Susan and her staff, and am volunteering to assist them in their effort to help fund research for all the youth that seek guidance and help! Please look into AIM and give your support now!

Donor

Rating: 5

Love the Ad Contest for Middle and High School students that AIM promotes. It starts the conversation about mental health in school. It also gives teachers an insight into their own students mental wellness.

1 LLindenbach

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AIM Youth Mental Health has established a team of best in class Scientific Advisors bringing forward insights in mental health solutions for kids. This is so important to fund, and I am so grateful that AIM and their supporters are making sure that critical studies can progress for the increasing youth that need mental help NOW. I love that they're investing in advancing technology driven interventions for kids and excited to see what promising solutions their researchers make possible.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Such a critical mission to support. AIM funds research that can applied in the real world to help kids struggling with their mental health. AIM also brings awareness to the need to invest in solutions. AIM has a stellar Scientific Advisory Board that makes decisions on research strategies. Their Scientific Symposium was very informative and featured world-renown doctors in the research space.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The AIM Ideas Lab is a groundbreaking program with the potential to impact 10,000 youth in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties and improve their mental health. Local youth will be able to learn about youth mental health research, conduct their own scientific studies, and make recommendations to AIM's world-class Scientific Advisory Board. A true example of "Nothing About Us Without Us."

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AIM's strategies for addressing the growing crisis in youth mental health are to be highly commended. AIM is mission focus, efficient, transparent, and impactful.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Watching AIM Youth Mental Health grow over the past 6 years has been incredible. It is an amazing non-profit that not only raises funds for mental health research, but also raises awareness. Prior to AIM, I had no idea it was such a major issue amongst youth in America. Now, thanks to their fundraisers and monthly newsletters, I am much more aware and can really see the impact the research they’ve funded has had. The founders and all of AIM’s team members are extremely dedicated to making a difference.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AIM Youth Mental Health is the premier mental health research funding non-profit. As one of very few mental health research funders in the United States, AIM is filling a much needed void in the space. Mental health is a growing epidemic and research is the key to finding the best early interventions, treatments, and solutions. I love receiving AIM's monthly newsletter that often includes very compelling impact stories from their funded research.