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AIM Youth Mental Health


AIM is building a movement devoted to the mental health of children, teens, and young adults by funding clinical research to find better treatments and cures, raising awareness, and improving access to effective treatments.

The Big Idea

Nearly 1 in 4 children and teens live with a diagnosable mental health disorder, yet less than 20 percent receive treatment. The most formidable obstacle to improving mental health treatment is overcoming the stigma of mental illness. AIM is doing something about that by changing the conversation in Monterey County, and also funding important scientific research. The nonprofit’s goal is to become the leading mental health organization in the country with local chapters around the United States. AIM will provide a range of technical assistance and capacity-building services to local chapters, steward the AIM brand and advance the organization’s impact toward ending mental health disorders in youth.

So many young people who appear for treatment have mixtures of problems. They’re not just depressed, they’re not just anxious. We need treatments that span an array of different problems. This is one area where I think AIM makes a very important contribution—by speaking out and advocating for young people and really normalizing mental health challenges, and in the process, reducing the stigma.

- Dr. John Weisz, AIM scientific advisory board member, Harvard professor, department of psychology

We’re In This Together.

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.