Kids’ Minds Matter

Advocating for Children’s Mental and Behavioral Health Care

Kids' Minds Matter


of all lifetime cases of
mental illness begin
by age 14


Ratio of population
to mental health
providers in Florida


of youth in the state and local juvenile justice system have a mental health condition

According to Mental Health America, six out of 10 young people who suffer mental illness don’t get the treatment they need. That’s because there is a critical shortage of pediatric mental and behavioral healthcare services in the U.S. Worse yet, most families struggle to pay for services that are available. This national crisis is affecting children and families in our region of Southwest Florida too. Golisano Children’s Hospital’s mental and behavioral health care fund – Kids’ Minds Matter – is here to help.

Kids’ Minds Matter originated to raise awareness about the need for pediatric mental and behavioral health care services and to raise the funds required to make these services available in the region through Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and Lee Health. Kids’ Minds Matter continually creates awareness, provides advocacy and inspires philanthropy. As advocates, we are dedicated to fostering partnerships that support existing services, identifying and filling gaps in the continuum of care, and innovating new treatments.

Kids Minds Matter Impact Report Cover Image

Our Impact to Date

As part of the region’s strategic solution to the children’s mental and behavioral health epidemic in Southwest Florida, we are bringing improved access to care for families and providing a framework to connect community partners. This is being done by providing child advocates, case managers and care navigators to help children and families access needed behavioral health services and use them more effectively and efficiently. We are also dedicated to fostering partnerships to advocate for expanded children’s mental health services in our region.

View the 2020 Impact Report

Recent News and Updates

Load More Posts
Gabby's Story Vimeo

Our Vision for the Future

Our goal is to decrease voluntary and involuntary pediatric psychiatric hospitalizations. We are working to reach this goal by focusing on three critical areas:

  1. Improving access to care
  2. Expanding community engagement and education to reduce prejudice and promote early detection
  3. Building capacity in the region through collaboration and partnerships to identify gaps in behavioral health care, enhance existing services and develop programs to better meet the needs of our community.
Learn More

Ways to Support Kids’ Minds Matter

With your support, we can reach the 46,000+ SWFL children who suffer from mental health issues!

Contact Us

To reach Kids’ Minds Matter about advocacy, donations or events:
Call: 239-214-0921
Email: info@kidsmindsmatter.com.

If you are experiencing a medical or mental health emergency, please contact 911 or go to the closest emergency room. These hotlines may also provide immediate support.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357
  • The Center for Progress and Excellence Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-395-4432 (Lee, Hendry, Glades, Collier & Charlotte Counties)
Go to Top