WE RISE is part of a movement to transform our mental health care system using art and community building to unite efforts to foster the empowerment of mental health and wellbeing as a civil right. Powerful programming, performances, workshops and world-class art come together to help create a future where communities thrive and every youth has the support they need to reach their fullest potential.

WE RISE challenges us to see that together we have the power to change the culture, climate and systems. It’s time to take action, demanding more from our schools, our doctors, our government and each other.  At WE RISE, we come together to join to create a healthier and more just society.

This generation is demanding more from their schools, their doctors, their government each other. At WE RISE, we come together, artists and activists, students and workers, to join to create a healthier and more just society.

Everyone has the Right to Thrive

Suffering is part of human life. Yet, much of the suffering we see today is clearly linked to poverty and unequal access to resources. All young people have the right to face and tackle their suffering with community support, resources and affordable care. Every human has the right to thrive.

Transform Failing Systems

We need to address trauma and create resources for wellbeing. We imagine a world where schools consistently divert students away from prison and towards their dreams. Our systems must be redesigned to answer the needs set by our communities. We deserve it!

Facing Trauma & Ending Stigma

Trauma is everywhere and it needs to be addressed. One in four Americans will face a trauma before they turn four years old, yet most won’t recognize it let alone receive professional care for the harm that may follow. At the root of these issues we often find intergenerational silence, systemic racism, poverty and inequity - all which result in stigma. We are bigger than our trauma and must work together to end the stigma that stops us from seeking help. Together, it is possible to heal.

The Time for Healing is Now

This generation has taken action to illuminate the issues preventing them from accessing the future they deserve. The time is now. We are ready for brave conversations and a transformative culture shift. We are ready to take healing and wellbeing seriously. Our wellbeing is critical to our future.