In 2014, The Lee Thompson Young Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was organized knowing that despite our society’s best efforts in the past decades, negative beliefs about individuals who suffer with mental illnesses continue to grow.
Today, half of mental health problems begin before age 14 and three-quarters begin before age 24. Right now, nearly 80 percent of our youths in need of mental health services, do not receive them.
We envision a world in which mental illness is recognized by all as a treatable, biopsychosocial disorder and the stigma associated with it no longer exists; a world that supports and encourages wholeness and well being at every stage of life.
Lee Thompson Young entered the entertainment world at the young age of 10. In 1996 Young moved to New York City and became known as Jett Jackson in Disney’s The Famous Jett Jackson. Young is well known from his many roles including Johnny Tsunami, a Disney Channel Original Movie, Friday Night Lights, Akeelah and the Bee, Redemption, The Guardian, Kevin Hill, South Beach, Smallville, Scrubs, The Hills Have Eyes 2, Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Flash Forward, and finally TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles where Young played Detective Barry Frost in Seasons 1 through Season 4. Tragically, on August 19, 2013, Young took his own life, during his ongoing battle with bipolar disorder.