Mental Health, Crisis Intervention


Providing Mental Health Education

aka LTY Foundation

Alpharetta, GA


The Lee Thompson Young Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to erasing the stigma associated with mental illness, advancing holistic health treatments and improving the lives of all those impacted. The organization provides mental health and wellness education in schools, communities and organizations.

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The LTY Foundation is a new 501(c)(3) organization whose inception followed the suicidal death of my brother, Lee Thompson Young, in August 2013. Lee was a highly accomplished, professional actor, a series regular on the popular TNT show, Rizolli and Isles. Though his public face was one of success and fame, he suffered in silence through his struggles with bi-polar disorder and related mental health challenges.

My mother and I established the foundation in his honor. Realizing that “if we had known more we could have done more," we established the organization as a means of engaging in the mental health awareness movement. The organization's primary mission is to “help erase the stigma associated with mental illness, advance holistic health treatments, and improve the lives of all those impacted."

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Executive Director

Ms. Lauren Carson

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3000 Old Alabama Road Suite 119-306

Alpharetta, GA 30022 USA


Mental Health, Mental Illness, Holistic Health, Well being, Protective Factors





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (F12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (F12)

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NEICB (Needs, Emotional Intelligence, Cognitive Behavior) Model

MIND (Making Informed Decisions - About Mental Health)

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The overall goal of LTY Foundation programs - MIND and NEICB - is to increase mental health education and awareness among teachers, parents, and students in selected schools in the Atlanta metro area. The organization will continue to implement customized training consistent with the following recommendations from the Child Trends 2014 report on the mental wellness of the nation's young. Each recommendation is one of the project goals:
1. Implement programs that promote empowerment and wellness, instead of an exclusive focus on illness.
2. Support interventions that impact children at all levels of their environments.
3. Promote "warm and firm" or Positive Discipline parenting.
4. Provide basic mental health "first aid" training for interested youth and adults.
5. Support the implementation of whole-school tiered approaches to promote positive school climate and the mental wellness of all students.

In carrying out its vision and mission, the programming division of the Lee Thompson Young Foundation will operate according to the following strategic approach.

Program Design
Utilize research data to guide and inform program design and evaluation.

Increase Awareness and Elevate Dialogue Concerning Mental Illness
Leverage celebrity, entertainment, and sports partnerships to drive awareness and elevate the dialogue around the stigma of mental illness

We have an experienced Board of Directors and are continuing to build our Advisory Council. Our members are experts in education, psychology, business development, non-profit management, communication, business management and financial management. We have connections with the entertainment industry and multiple universities. We are collaborating with Communities In Schools, Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority, Wholistic Stress Control Institute United Way Atlanta, Mental Health America, and Change Direction.

We collect evaluations at the end of each mental health education session to gather feedback and determine if participants know more after the session that they did prior to attending the session.

The LTY Foundation expects to deliver training and education services to approximately 2,000 educators, parents, students and health professionals in 2017.
The LTY Foundation has sponsored Project Reach Local mental health awareness programs in Fulton and DeKalb County schools and organizations since Fall 2014. The schools and organizations to date include The Kindezi School-West Lake, The Kindezi School-Old Fourth Ward, Chamblee Charter High School, Barnwell Elementary, a Girl Scouts Troop, a global corporation based in Sandy Springs and the Georgia PTA Conference.

The Foundation directly served more than 1,500 participants in 2016. To extend its capacity and effectiveness throughout the community, the Foundation has developed partnerships with the following organizations: Communities in Schools (CIS), United Way Atlanta, Atlanta Hawks, The Campaign to Change Direction, Mental Health America, the International Bi-Polar Foundation, the Atlanta Hawks and the AUSXIP Rizzoli & Isles Fan site.

We have already elevated the conversation around mental illness by participating in a featured interview with WIS-10 TV on June 24, 2014 which was shown throughout the Raycom television network. We also participated in a radio talk show panel regarding youth mental illness on August 10, 2014, which was broadcast live and re-broadcasted to approximately 40,000 listeners throughout the Raycom television and radio network. On April 30, 2015, we participated in a radio interview discussing mental health broadcast live on WAEC 860AM in the Greater Atlanta area and worldwide on Since the launch of our website on June 24, 2014, we've had 253,032 visitors and 391,341 page views.

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