The Lee Thompson Young Foundation

Created by Tamu Lewis, Young's sister and Dr. Velma Love, Young's mother, the Lee Thompson Young Foundation was created to promote mental health literacy through the Foundation's mission and vision. We envision a world in which mental illness is recognized by all as a treatable, biological disorder and the stigma associated with it no longer exists; a world that supports and encourages wholeness and wellbeing at every stage of life.

Who is Lee Thompson Young

Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Young first picked up the family craft at the age of ten, when he would tell traditional folk tales of the Carolinas at local festivals and community events.

Young's passion for acting began not long after. Young took on his first role, portraying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Phyllis Wheatley Theater's original play, A Night of Stars and Dreams, discover more about Lee Thompson Young.

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Lee Thompson Young Foundation - #MentalHealth
Lee Thompson Young Foundation - #MentalHealth
Lee Thompson Young Foundation - #MentalHealth
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Lee Thompson Young Foundation - #MentalHealth
Lee Thompson Young Foundation - #MentalHealth
Lee Thompson Young Foundation - #MentalHealth

Go Inside our Foundation — Learn How We Intend to Change the World

Our Vision and Mission

The Lee Thompson Young Foundation is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to erasing the stigma associated with mental illness through advancing holistic health treatments and improving the lives of all those impacted.

Learn More about Our Mission — Velma Love, Ph.D →

Read and Share Your Story

Share your experience about mental health issues or simply talk to us. Your participation in our Foundation is the reason we exist. This fight is personal and you are not alone. You can choose to allow the public to see your comments or privately communicate with us.

Share Your Story or Struggle With Mental Illness →

Board of Directors

In supporting our mission and vision, the Lee Thompson Young Foundation has created a board of directors that is progressive, forward thinking, and committed to eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health conditions.

A Message from Our President — Tamu Lewis, M.B.A. →

Columbia South Carolina Mental Health Services

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