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About Us

Charlie Health Shield

We’re directly addressing the needs of young people in crisis

Young people and families are living through a mental health epidemic. We’re fighting it head-on with industry-leading care and unparalleled access.

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“Personalized mental healthcare saved me when I was a teen. It’s my mission to make that same care accessible to everyone, everywhere.”

Carter Barnhart

CEO and Co-Founder

After surviving a sexual assault as a teen, I struggled with anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation for years. I eventually entered a residential treatment program where I received therapy multiple times per week alongside other young people just like me. After I successfully completed treatment, I found a new sense of hope and purpose. I was inspired to find a way to bring this same hope to as many young people as possible.

We founded Charlie Health to create the solution for teens and young adults who lack access to sustainable, affordable, and personalized healing. Amidst an ever-growing youth mental health crisis, our vision is clear: better care, from anywhere, with lifelong results.

An evidence-based approach that works

9-12 weeks

Our evidence-based programs are for young people in need of a higher level of support, with comprehensive, personalized treatment plans alongside peers with common goals.

Flexible care plans

We work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your schedule, your insurance, and your goals.

100% matched

Every new client is paired with a personalized therapist who is trained to address their specific needs and with a group of peers coming from similar backgrounds and life experiences.

National Averages


of people in the U.S. live in an area without access to appropriate mental healthcare providers


the potential yearly cost of healthcare for a person with major depression

48 days

the national average wait time for behavioral health services


of high school students seriously considered suicide in the past year

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of Charlie Health clients are matched with a personalized care plan and Primary Therapist


insurers we work with to enable affordable and accessible treatment


access to our Admissions Team to get started with virtual IOP and access other resources


of Charlie Health clients reported decreases in suicidal ideation post-discharge

Our values

Our mission is more than ambitious. It’s a mandate.

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Care deeply & inspire hope.


Stay curious & heed the evidence.


Act with urgency & don’t give up.

We’re rebuilding high-acuity care from the ground up and need the best minds to do it

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Comprehensive mental health treatment from home

90% of Charlie Health clients and their families would recommend Charlie Health