citiesRISE is a global platform and movement that seeks to transform the state of mental health policy and practice through improving collective action in cities and catalyzing systematic change. 

To achieve significant, measurable improvements in mental health – especially among young people – citiesRISE is scaling up proven methodologies and tools and harnessing the skills and energy of experts and communities.

Our vision is a world in which cities enable young people to grow up, develop resilience, and lead productive lives through mainstreaming mental health across sectors.

Summary of relevant work: 

citiesRISE has built its approach around 4 core programs: Local Collective Action, Young People and Youth Leadership, Innovation and Acceleration, Learning Collaborative. These programs support the best mental health models and innovations which will help reach more people, address issues early on and use existing capacity and advocacy to mobilize the next generation of leaders:

Local Collective Action: An innovative and structured approach to cross-sector collaboration that brings creative and collaborative local leaders together under a common operating plan and goal framework to reach as many people as possible.

Young People and Youth Leadership: By focusing on young people and youth leadership, citiesRISE is creating awareness of mental health from an earlier stage, mobilizing youth to be leaders in the field, addressing wide-scale stigma and preventing mental health challenges before they become chronic or disabling.

Innovation and Acceleration: A  social entrepreneurs to take their models to scale with path to market strategies, development of business models and integration with systems operating at scale for longer term sustainability.

Learning Collaborative: A unification point for citiesRISE activities and drives progress across three strategic key areas: Research and Evidence, Shared Learning and Indicators, Advocacy and Mobilization.

Key partners: 
  • Alan J. Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health
  • Arogya World
  • BasicNeeds
  • The Carter Center
  • CBM
  • Center for Public Health and Development, Kenya
  • Children’s Health Fund
  • Clear Village & Machine Room
  • The Clinton Foundation
  • Community Works
  • Dalberg Advisors
  • Emergence Creative
  • Ennovent
  • Falkora, Mental Health & Neurotech Initiative
  • Fountain House
  • Global Futures Group
  • Grand Challenges Canada
  • The Hans Foundation
  • Harvard University
  • International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership
  • International Medical Corps
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Keystone Human Services
  • King’s College London
  • Many Minds Collaborative
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Movement for Global Mental Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • NIMHANS, India
  • Orygen, National CoE in Youth Mental Health
  • Peter C Alderman Foundation
  • Project Heal
  • The Stability Network
  • Step Up
  • StrongMinds
  • ThriveNYC
  • Verily Alphabet
  • World Bank Group
  • World Psychiatric Association
Seeking collaboration with: 
Other organizations
Experts by experience/service users
Policy makers