Understanding the Landscape: Mental Health Access for African American and Latinx Children and Youth in the State of Georgia
In 2019, Healthcare Georgia Foundation adopted its current five-year strategic…
Hopebound was founded in August 2019 and we began providing services in June 2020. As a former middle school teacher, I was inspired to address the adolescent mental health crisis after witnessing the struggles my students faced. I also had experienced depression and anxiety as a young person and personally understood how critical it was to have access to effective mental health care.
Hopebound’s mission is to revolutionize access to mental health care for youth from marginalized communities. We aim to meet under-resourced youth where they are and make high-quality, low-cost mental health support as accessible as possible to them.
Hopebound provides individual and group counseling to our adolescent clients, and we will soon be providing wellness workshops for the broader community.
Our services are offered at low or no cost, and we work individually with each family to determine what they are able to pay based on our sliding scale.
I wish that more people understood that absolutely nothing is wrong with you if you choose to take care of your mental health, as it is the same as choosing to exercise or maintain basic hygiene. The ability to access effective mental health care is critical and should be a basic human right that all people hold, particularly under-resourced adolescents, who are both more likely to suffer from mental health struggles and less likely to receive the care they deserve.