We invest in solutions that cultivate resilience and prevent the onset of mental health problems. By focusing on early intervention programs, we are working to help prevent or buffer mental illness. Why mental wellness >
Early childhood mental wellness: Invest in early childhood mental wellness programs that cultivate resilience and prevent the onset of mental health problems.
Improve systems: Support policies and “proof of concept” programs addressing deficiencies in the mental health system.
Change perceptions: We want people to think of mental health and illness the same way they think of physical health and illness.
Local Funders Team Up to Support Mental Health of Young Coloradans
Community First Foundation and seven local funders have joined forces to give young Coloradans a better shot at happy, healthy lives. We know mental health is shaped early in life along with the developing brain. Sustained, adverse experiences during this time can have lifelong consequences, such as poor health, difficulty learning, homelessness and more.
That is why the funders have pooled $11.2 million and created LAUNCH Together. Based on a successful federal program, this initiative will help local communities incorporate mental health screening and treatment into services that already support young children. Pediatricians, childcare providers, school administrators, educators and others will be tasked with coordinating their services to ensure the needs of vulnerable young children don’t fall through the cracks.
Several Colorado communities will receive grants to implement LAUNCH Together and focus on five proven strategies: 1) integrating behavioral health into primary care, 2) providing mental health consultations in early childcare and educational settings, 3) enhancing home visitation services, 4) educating parents and strengthening families, and 5) screening and assessment.
LAUNCH Together funding partners are comprised of The Ben and Lucy Ana Walton Fund of the Walton Family Foundation, Buell Foundation, Caring for Colorado Foundation, Community First Foundation, The Colorado Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, The Piton Foundation at Gary Community Investments and Rose Community Foundation.