The HeadStart Fund is a three-year fund in collaboration with the Z Zurich Foundation and the HSE, designed to tackle one of Ireland’s most pressing social issues – youth mental health. This campaign aims to create one of the largest philanthropic funds in Ireland dedicated to improving youth mental health in Ireland. The impact of this Fund can mean a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve youth mental health in Ireland.
The launch of this fund has been made possible by a pledge of €1.5 million from the Z Zurich Foundation, matched by a €1.5 million pledge by the HSE.
The HeadStart Fund will support organisations working with young people aged 15-24 in the Republic of Ireland and will specifically welcome innovative solutions that focus on groups hit hardest by the pandemic, such as young people, women, and those experiencing socio-economic disadvantage. To date, Rethink Ireland has reached over 95,000 people through funding social innovations within the health sector. Over 8,600 people accessed our Awardees’ mental health services in person or online in 2020 – of which 5,169 were under the age of 25.
We are calling on families, individuals and businesses who are passionate about social change and equalising access to mental health services for the youth of Ireland to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org