Focusing on the mental health and well-being of adolescents of color and/or LGBTQ+.

Expanding mental healthcare in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Adolescents who are of color and/or LGBTQ+ face significant barriers to accessing mental healthcare and services. The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health was created to address that need by providing resources to organizations serving these populations.

We want to ensure expanded access to mental health services by providing direct support to the source—the networks, care providers, and system-enabling organizations—to empower them to not only leverage the latest innovations to grow their resources and treatment options, but in doing so to create a more integrated, higher quality system.

Our grants will impact the adolescent mental health community by:

  • Empowering care and service providers to continue providing impactful mental health interventions, as well as expand care quality, reach, and services to deepen long-term impact.
  • Integrating technological innovations, such as telehealth and mobile apps, with care systems and services in order to more effectively reach adolescents.
  • Supporting innovative approaches in adolescent mental health services that make more resilient systems to enable access to care.
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16%

of adolescents in America experience mental health disorders each year.

(JAMA Pediatrics)

48%

fewer visits made to mental health providers at-large by Black and Hispanic adolescents compared to their white counterparts.

(International Journal of Health Services)

87%

of LGBTQ+ youth stated it was important for them to reach out to a crisis intervention organization that focuses on LGBTQ youth.

(The Trevor Project)