SXSW 2023

The Kids Are Not Alright: How Tech Can Help


With a 51 percent increase in suicide attempts by teen girls and the reality that LGBTQ youth are six times more likely to experience depression, finding ways to support young people struggling with mental health issues has become even more urgent. Social innovation labs are responding with investments that reflect the tech and gaming youth love as well creating accelerators designed to help start-ups meet the moment. In this session, you will hear from funders at HopeLab and Headstream about investments in new digital tools and interventions being developed for teens and young adults. You will also meet HopeBound, a mental health non-profit providing virtual mental health services for Atlanta youth. HopeBound is a graduate of the Fast Forward non-profit tech accelerator.

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  1. Hear the latest research about the current state of young people’s mental health and the most impactful digital interventions.
  2. Learn about some of the most innovative mental health tools and apps being developed to reach youth, especially youth of color and LGBTQ youth.
  3. Find out what funders and accelerators look for from social entrepreneurs developing tech to support youth mental health and wellbeing.



Anastasia Goodstein, SVP, Digital Product Management, The Ad Council

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Tech Industry
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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