How to Advocate for Children’s Mental
and Behavioral Health Care

Kids’ Minds Matter presents many ways for you to advocate for children in our community, ensuring their mental and behavioral health care needs are better met. Here are a few ways you can contribute to a brighter future for Southwest Florida children and families.

Cynthia saw that her son was struggling and decided to advocate for his mental well-being. Due to the pandemic, her once vibrant and engaged son had become depressed and withdrawn. Learn how a cross-country move possibly saved her family.

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Your donations to Kids’ Minds Matter empowers Lee Health and its many partners throughout Southwest Florida to serve the mental and behavioral health care needs of our children. Our most recent Impact Report (link to Impact Report) details our accomplishments to date, as well as our visionary plan for the future. Our mission is possible only with the help of generous donors who give all they can because they know kids’ minds matter.

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Did you know that 63% of youth who suffer from major depression in the United States do not receive mental health treatment?

Kids’ Minds Matter depends on philanthropic support to build beneficial partnerships in the region and improve access to mental and behavioral health care. Are you a community advocate who would like to support this mission? Consider hosting a virtual fundraiser to benefit Kids’ Minds Matter!

You can make a difference! Reach out to Kids’ Minds Matter to share your interest.

Share Resources

Knowledge is power. Learning more about children’s mental and behavioral health, and sharing that information with others in our community, makes a huge difference!

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Help send an important message, loud and clear, to kids throughout Southwest Florida – you are not alone! Enhance your advocacy skills and show your passion for helping others.

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Kids' Minds Matter advocates for young girls like this young Asian child
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Founded in 2016, Kids’ Minds Matter is a unified movement in Southwest Florida dedicated to advancing pediatric mental and behavioral health services. By developing clinical pathways to screen and treat patients, enhancing public awareness through education, and lobbying for systemic change and sustainable funding, Kids’ Minds Matter aims to align mental health providers, local agencies, the judicial system, law enforcement, schools and faith-based organizations. Kids’ Minds Matter is managed through the Lee Health Foundation.

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It’s Time to Act!

Did you attend the virtual Town Hall about the state of mental health in our community? (If not, view this impactful meeting by clicking below.) You can participate in improving mental health treatment in Southwest Florida in so many ways!