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With SNF’s support, BC2M will take its Middle School Program from a pilot phase to wider implementation.

A grant from SNF is helping Bring Change to Mind (BC2M) expand its work to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness to middle schools across the United States.

Early adolescence is a critical period of development marked by changes, challenges, and stressors, and BC2M’s mission is founded in the idea that preventative and early intervention mental health programming for students can yield benefits including improved academic performance, reduced absenteeism, and fewer behavioral problems.

BC2M employs a student-led school club model—free to schools—to carry out this mission, operating in hundreds of high schools and a handful pilot middle schools in most US states.

BC2M provides a variety of resources to each club including: an annual club grant; an advisor stipend; access to BC2M’s exclusive online educational portal; free annual subscriptions to the Headspace meditation app for all youth members and faculty advisors; suicide prevention trainings for faculty; annual Student Summits; youth leadership trainings; and more. Student members are also provided with all the tools they need to host four or more all-school mental health awareness events.

Co-founded in 2010 by actor and advocate Glenn Close, BC2M launched its high school club program in 2015 and, with SNF’s support, will be able to expand this evidence-based model to even more adolescents in middle schools around the US.