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.

The Stomp The Stigma Collective Impact Model encourages organizations to work together to solve complex social problems at a community level. It requires organizations to intentionally and cooperatively design services and programming to reduce or eliminate the behavioral health stigma among students and young adults.

Members of the Stomp The Stigma Well-Being Collaboration (STS) work in harmony to ensure that all stakeholder segments have the necessary behavioral health and well-being awareness information, resources, and support to meet the needs of their respective communities.

Stomp The Stigma seeks to improve overall School System performance, including academics, behavioral health, teacher/staff moral, and parent involvement, resulting in improved resilience, happiness and CCRPI scores.

The model processes existing youth trauma through the Well-Being Ecosystem, rendering improved outcomes that benefit key stakeholders as follows:


Stress and trauma-related disorders cost America $317.5 Billion Annually. Much of the employee absenteeism, insurance expense, and medical care is attributable to child-related employees claims, distraction, and time away from work. An improved youth system of care model will reduce this impact significantly.


Our corrections and juvenile care systems are so heavily burdened with care needs for behavioral health related infractions that their bandwidth often cannot handle violence and crime that are not linked to behavioral health.


Our school system performance is so driven by test scores that it sometimes fails to adequately prioritize the well-being and personal development of its students. The result is heightened student stress and anxiety associated with test-taking and academic performance, rather than health and balanced development.

Issue : To maximize the Georgia Department of Education’s College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), the behavioral health and well-being of all members of its ecosystem first must be addressed.

Solution : Build awareness that stress and anxiety are a necessary and healthy part of life; can be managed properly; and need not be stigmatized. Improved balance is driven by biological, psychological and social factors; awareness, recognition, and development of personal strengths/interests; and serving intrinsic values. Holistic Wellness (exercise, nutrition, mindfulness, yoga, etc.) have been proven to favorably impact school performance, leading to an improved CCRPI.

Core Developmental Skills : At the foundation of all child development, lies 5 Key Skills. When these skills are balanced, regardless of the percentile, there is an opportunity for healthy development. Imbalance invariably leads to performance challenges (academic, social, psychological, etc.), due to the natural tendency to compensate for weaknesses.

  • Verbal Comprehension
  • Visual Spatial
  • Fluid Reasoning
  • Working Memory
  • Processing Speed