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Boise Youth Mental Health Initiative

Our kids are worth running upstream for!

The City of Boise Mayor's office, in partnership with St. Luke's Community Health & Engagement, is calling all partners, parents, families, business leaders, youth, and other community members to join us in working to build the best possible community for our kids.  Data collected in November 2022 revealed that roughly ~33% of teens living in Boise are struggling with depression, which is higher than the national average. The good news is we also collected information on what could be causing those elevated numbers. The two main drivers of depression and suicidal ideation in Boise youth are high levels of stress and experiencing high levels of social isolation.

Together, we can do something about that!

Join us in building community and decreasing stress and social isolation for our kids!

Building Social Connection

In Boise, our kids need to have more real connections. We have decided to focus on building connection to create the best possible communities for our kids.  

What are ways you can help a young person in your life authentically connect to themselves, to other peers, or to you and other trusted adults?

Click here to learn more about ways you can increase social connection in your community starting today.

Looking for ways to get involved?

Join an Action Team or visit our Get Involved page!

Get Involved! Join the Boise Action Team!

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Want to help build the best possible community for Boise kids AND increase social connection? 

Attend an Upcoming Boise Action Team meeting:

  • Tuesday, March 12th, 2024 at the Library! at Cole & Ustick, from 5 PM-6 PM. RSVP HERE

What is an Action Team?

An Action Team is a group of folks in a community (including parents, grandparents, small business owners, organizational partners, and other community members) who co-create and execute a plan to address the needs of young people. The action team combines data, real-life experiences, and research in other communities to create real change. And we can start today!

Thanks to some of our key supporting partners in the Boise Initiative!

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Upcoming Events

Check out the Community Meetings page to see upcoming meetings for the Boise City-Wide Initiative.

Below are previous newsletters for the Boise City-wide Initiative. If you would like to receive the newsletter, please sign up here!

Catch Up On Previous Communications

February Newsletter

Sent out on February 6th, 2024

To view the newsletter, please follow the link here.

January Newsletter

Sent out on January 8th, 2024

To view the newsletter, please follow the link here.

December Newsletter

Sent out on December 5th, 2023

To view the newsletter, please follow the link here.

November Newsletter

Sent out on November 7th, 2023

To view the newsletter, please follow the link here.

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