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Improving Youth Mental Health

Our grant program addresses the critical need for solutions to support kids and teens.

Our Commitment

The Cigna Group Foundation is committing $9 million over three years to improve the mental health of youth (ages five to 18) as it relates to post-pandemic stress and distress. This commitment includes support for their parents, caregivers, and youth service professionals like educators and therapists.

Our Why

We all have an important role to play in supporting youth and creating a world where they can thrive. The more we give back, the stronger and healthier the future of our society will be–and our support is needed now more than ever.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, up to one in five children ages three to 17 reported a mental, emotional, developmental, or behavioral disorder. Four years later, we continue to see the critical need for both identification and treatment of mental health conditions, which now includes the impact the pandemic may have had on many youth.1

Our Call for Action

We seek to collaborate with and support nonprofits that leverage evidence-informed programs and services to serve local youth experiencing the most need.

During the first year of our three-year commitment, we will focus on investing in solutions that address mental health concerns early, and strategically offer programming, intervention, and access to care in schools and related settings in underserved communities. We look forward to partnering with nonprofit organizations that align to at least one of these grant program goals:

  • Increase reach of programming that fosters social-emotional skills and well-being.

  • Increase the number of parents, caregivers, and youth service professionals who feel equipped to support.

  • Increase pathways to mental health intervention and access to care.

Application for Funding

The application period is now closed for 2024. Please visit The Cigna Group Foundation for updates on upcoming grant opportunities.

More Information

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  • 1 Protecting Youth Mental Health, Department of Health and Human Services, 2021, https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/surgeon-general-youth-mental-health-advisory.pdf

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