How We Help

The JL11Fund facilitate funds to organizations, groups, and movements which:

  • Provide a reduction in mental health stigma;

  • Educate legislators, parents, teachers, and school leaders in the unique needs of the teens and young adult demographic;

  • Create awareness around mental health resources and commonality among teens and young adults;

  • Fund organizations who educate teens and young adults how to recognize and navigate struggles, and how to foster an environment that does not compel them to hide their struggles.

More than 80% of high school students struggle with or know a friend who struggles with depression or anxiety.[1]  Many teens and young adults have trouble finding outlets to address their mental health.   Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults age 15 to 24.[2] Today’s teens and young adults face increasing stress with limited resources for mental health services.  Mental health is manageable, but stigma inhibits individuals from accessing available resources. Reduction in stigma and improvements in resources are key to addressing this epidemic.

Teens and young adults need a support network to navigate the fears, insecurities, and anxieties of life.  As invisible as mental health issues appear to be, and as hard as they are to talk about, warning signs do exist.  The education of legislators, parents, teachers, and school leaders is vital to the unique needs of this highly vulnerable demographic.  

Beyond the adults in the community, the greater opportunity lies in the chance to create awareness and educate teens and young adults themselves.  Few are in better position to catch the early warning signs of an individual’s mental health difficulties than their friends and peers.  A lack of understanding hinders teens and young adults from recognizing a potential concern and seeking help for one another.   

The education of teens and young adults on warning signs and how to seek help will create a more proactive community.  Simply put, the JL11Fund™ seeks to educate teens and young adults how to recognize and navigate struggles, and how to foster an environment that does not compel them to hide their struggles.  In doing so, the world can see an end to the lack of understanding that makes teens and young adults in crisis feel so isolated

[1] “What Is the NAN Project?” TheNANProject, 2018, thenanproject.org/aboutus.

[2] “10 Leading Causes of Death by Age Group, United States.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015.