COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on the mental health and well-being of young people across the country. During the pandemic, youth between the ages of 11 and 17 are more likely to present moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety and depression than other age groups. Among all youth ages 11-17 screened for depression in 2020, 91% scored for moderate to severe depression, according to Mental Health America.
Thankfully, the intensifying youth mental health crisis has been gaining increased recognition. In 2021, both the U.S. Surgeon General and America’s leading health professional associations issued calls to act on this emergency.
As a collaborative fund, The Upswing Fund pools investments from diverse donors to provide core capacity support to direct-service organizations that serve adolescents of color and LGBTQ+ youth. We aim to support a more integrated and higher-quality adolescent mental health system by investing in culturally responsive care and strengthening the ecosystem of providers and funders by facilitating learning and resource-sharing.
The Upswing Fund partners with foundations, corporations, and individuals who share our commitment to the mental health and well-being of adolescents who are of color and/or LGBTQ+. Together, we have awarded more than $11.8 million to 92 partner organizations.
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