Georgia System of Care does a great job addressing children, adolescent, and emerging adults (4 – 26) with severe emotional disturbances. Stomp The Stigma (STS) supports this work with an approach that is youth-centered and includes the private business and the sports/entertainment communities. In fact, all STS work is driven by today’s most misunderstood voice – that of the youth whom our efforts are designed to serve. As such, youth input is integral to each stage of STS work.
Replacing independent organizational agendas with an aligned, youth-centered agenda enables “collective impact”, which can more effective address today’s youth behavioral health challenge!
What is Collective Impact?
A harmonious approach to youth behavioral health awareness that provides all stakeholders with necessary support and resources.
Issue: Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations.
Solution: Build awareness that behavioral health is a necessary and healthy part of everyone’s life and need not be stigmatized. Recognize that well-being is driven by biological, psychological and social factors; Promote purpose-driven living; Expand System of Care reach to include the private sector, sports/entertainment, holistic, and other communities.
Why Collective Impact?
Because today’s youth (millennials/post-millennials) process information uniquely. Much of today’s silo-based approach does not resonate!
1) Youth drive research, honoring the communication gap with millennials and post-millennials. Emphasis on listening.
2) Focuses on awareness, engagement & purpose
3) Focus is on cause of trauma, and that systems sometimes fail the child
Supports Georgia System of Care (SOC) Efforts
1) SOC focuses on children, adolescent, and emerging adults (4 – 26) with Severe Emotional Disturbances, while STS focuses on awareness and prevention for youth from conception to age 26.
2) STS welcomes business, sports & entertainment community stakeholders.
Objectifies Behavioral Health Challenges (Reduce Stigma)
1) Focus on purpose and intrinsic values of each youth
2) Examines biological/psychological/social factors
3) Emphasizes traditional/holistic wellness and resilience, which drive a strong Well-Being Eco-System.