All kids deserve kind, safe, welcoming places to grow.

Our why: kids, families, communities

Deepening equity gap and impact on kids drives is central to our why.

Honoring all as we deliver care

Mental health is deeply personal, connected to identities, culture and experiences. That is why we must center our work in continuous and determined learning and growth for equity, diversity and inclusion.

While the majority of families we serve identify as BIPOC — we know that’s only part of the story. An added complication for communities of color is a historic, complicated relationship with health care and the medical profession in general – when you dial into mental health it’s even greater.

Most systems have been established and follow practices that aren’t in the best interest of communities of color who are hesitant to engage with them.

Honoring Perspectives


We know and honor all of those perspectives. We know that when we come together with families we must start from a place of understanding their experience in order to inform care.

As a children’s mental health center, our purpose is to help children, and their families, heal from painful emotional experiences. We value the well-being, mental health and equality of every person, especially those who have experienced discrimination based on their race, gender identity and/or expression, socio-economic status, ability, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, immigration or refugee status.

Did you know?

43%

of LGBTQ youth in Minnesota seriously considered suicide in the past year

70%

of LGBTQ youth in Minnesota reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety in the past year

49%

of LGBTQ youth in Minnesota who wanted mental health care in the past year were not able to get it.