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citiesRISE is a multi-stakeholder initiative that formed to address the rising tide of mental health issues among young people. citiesRISE scales evidence-based mental health care and support for young people – particularly within underserved populations – through the proven methodologies of collective action and a network approach. Ultimately, it seeks to transform the way young people’s mental health is addressed at the local, national, and international levels using cities as key drivers of change. citiesRISE new ‘Centered Cities’ initiative is working with more than 20 cities around the world, from Seattle to Chennai.


GDI’s role

After supporting an impact scaling strategy for mental health NGO BasicNeeds, GDI and BasicNeeds founder Chris Underhill realized collective action across sectors would be essential to truly moving the needle on mental health – citiesRISE became that initiative. Throughout the design, build, and launch processes, GDI has provided citiesRISE with support including developing a brand, building a global steering committee to provide accountability and oversight, bringing on a full-time CEO, and formalizing a number of key partnerships.