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Core Components

1) Mild- Moderate

A Focus on Mild-Moderate

The focus on mild–moderate mental health issues is the essence of the model and fills a significant gap in adolescent public mental health service provision. In addition, if the young person needs a higher-level behavioral health service, linkages are made to the community behavioral health system for more intensive intervention.

2) Integrated Care

Integrated Care Services: Mental Health, Physical Health, Substance Use, and Education/Vocational Support

The provision of integrated care services (including linkages for substance abuse and supported education/employment services) allows for “one-stop shopping” for young people while also taking on the stigma issues related to being seen for a mental health related service. Furthermore, given the high frequency of comorbid health and mental health related conditions for young people, linking these services makes sense.

3) Location


Centers are stand-alone sites with their own entrance/exits. Part of their success of internationally is that young people see the program as their own independent place for mental health/health care. Also, by standing alone but still linking to the national allcove brand, each site is able to also reflect the unique adolescent/young adult culture of each geographic community being served.

4) Direct Marketing

Marketing Directly to Adolescents/Young Adults

Critical to breaking down stigma and other barriers to access is strategic marketing and advertising campaigns that include linkages to musical events, the involvement and voice of youth leaders, and ties to activities of interest to adolescents and young adults. In addition, marketing research and investments are made to ensure that messaging specifically targets the appropriate cultural group.

Meet our Youth Advisory Group

What does allcove mean to you?

The Youth Advisory Group is comprised of 24 young people between the ages of 16-25, who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, lived experience, ability, and socioeconomic status. YAG members provide a better understanding of young peoples’ needs and opinions in order to ensure that we have a meaningful youth space aimed at providing services geared at youth and to reduce stigma in mental health, and are passionate about affecting change and connecting with other youth to increase access to mental health care. 

  • – Rocky Mountain PBS Video

    Youth help to design new model for health and wellness care

    This Rocky Mountain PBS special covers how two communities found solutions when faced with teen suicide clusters. The work of Drs. Shashank Joshi and Steven Adelsheim, and Vicki Harrison, program director of the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, and allcove youth advisors is featured throughout.

Development efforts

Explore the resources below to learn about the development of allcove, previously referred to as headspace

What is the role of the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing (CYMHW)?

Stanford Psychiatry's Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing is leading the effort to bring this model to the US by building a community-academic partnership that has the potential to develop a nationally replicable model for supporting adolescent and young adult mental health with an early intervention infrastructure that does not currently exist. The Center has created the infrastructure and partnerships to pilot the very first US implementation the model, called allcove, by opening centers in geographically and socioeconomically diverse locations within the San Francisco Bay Area and California.

Examples of the model in other countries

Contact Us

For more information on these activities, or if you are interested in becoming a collaborative partner, please contact:

Vicki Harrison, MSW

Manager, Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing
Manager of Community Partnerships
Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Steven Adelsheim, MD

Director, Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing
Director of Community Partnerships
Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences