AIM is finding and funding the most promising youth mental health research in the world. In support of that we are building a movement devoted to the mental health of children, teens, and young adults.

What We Do 


Our Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) strategizes the most effective ways to fund research to help youth today. They are working to develop models for training clinicians to implement evidence-based treatments in real-world settings where children receive care. The SAB, representing major research institutions throughout the world, is comprised of a diverse and distinguished group of doctors in the pediatric mental health community. AIM Youth Mental Health is a member of the International Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders.


We are building a movement with a positive, forward-thinking focus. Our annual AIM for Awareness Ad Contest and Walk and Rally help to raise awareness simply by talking about youth mental health.

Our Vision

Our vision is simple: a world of mentally healthy youth.

AIM is not disorder* or institution-specific, which means that we fund the search for cures for all mental disorders in youth, and find the best, cutting-edge research teams and individuals, regardless of where they are based.

Our purpose touches lives in a very personal way, and gives hope to children and families facing the struggles that mental health challenges bring.

*Youth mental health disorders include, but are not limited to, ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, schizophrenia, Tourette syndrome, OCD, autism spectrum disorders, and eating disorders. We also address the bi-products of some of these brain disorders including addiction, self-harm, and suicide.

History of AIM


AIM Youth Mental Health is Formed

In June 2014, Susan Stilwell and her children formed AIM for Mental Health. AIM began as a charitable campaign under the fiscal sponsorship of the International Mental Health Research Organization, now called One Mind Institute, until receiving its own nonprofit status in 2016.

Inaugural AIM Gala in Pebble Beach, CA

The inaugural AIM Gala in Pebble Beach raises more than $300,000 for youth mental health research.

Inaugural AIM for Awareness Walk & Rally

AIM for Awareness Walk & Rally inaugural community walk draws over 300 people to Pacific Grove, California to support youth mental health.


AIM Funds 1st Rising Star Award – Washington

AIM funds a $250,000 Rising Star Award to Dr. Katie McLaughlin, at the University of Washington to study teen anxiety and depression.


AIM Receives Nonprofit Status

AIM for Mental Health becomes a 501(c)(3) corporation with federal nonprofit status.

AIM Funds 2nd Rising Star Award – Michigan

AIM funds a $250,000 Rising Star Award to Dr. Kate Fitzgerald, from the University of Michigan, to study anxiety in preschool/kindergarten age children.


Scientific Advisory Board Established

AIM announces the creation of the Scientific Advisory Board, comprised of prominent doctors/researchers in youth mental health.

Inaugural AIM for Awareness Rally at USC

Inaugural AIM for Awareness University Rally at University of Southern California (USC) draws over 500 people to support youth mental health.

Inaugural AIM for Awareness Ad Contest

AIM launches the annual AIM for Awareness Ad Contest, which calls for student Ad submissions that spread awareness and get youth talking about mental health.


AIM Funds 2 Year Clinical Science Fellow at UCLA

AIM awards Dr. Marc Weintraub $135,000 to continue his studies, examining youth at risk for bipolar or psychotic disorders.

AIM Funds 1 Year Clinical Science Fellow at Harvard

AIM awards Dr. Spencer Evans $70,000 to continue his studies evaluating the effectiveness of existing assessment tools and treatment strategies.

AIM Funds 1 Year Clinical Science Fellow at Yale

AIM awards Dr. Angali Sankar $64,000 to continue her studies and investigate potential predictors of suicide in youth and strategies to reduce them.

AIM Funds UCSF Research on Attention Difficulties with Monterey County Youth

AIM awards a $45,600 grant to Dr. Adam Gazzaley of UCSF to conduct a pilot study of a novel, adaptive training software for adolescents of have attention difficulties.

AIM Hosts Medical Briefings in Bel Air and Atherton

AIM hosts leading researchers in youth mental health for private events to brief participants in the latest advancements and newest interventions.


Moving Forward

AIM for Mental Health has created a community model that can be replicated in cities, big or small, consisting of an annual fundraising event and a community-based sporting event to raise awareness. Through outreach, AIM is working to have a significant presence in other communities in California and beyond.

1 in 5 of Today’s Youth have, or will have a serious mental illness

We AIM to stop the silence around youth mental health by raising awareness and funding groundbreaking research, so we can begin to find real solutions for the youth of today.

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