Daybreak Health, a pioneering provider of school-based mental health services, has secured $13 million in its recent Series B funding round, bringing its total funding to $25 million. Led by Union Square Ventures and joined by Lux Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Maven Ventures, and Y Combinator, this funding will fuel the company’s expansion and collaboration with prominent school districts across the nation.
The urgency of the youth mental health crisis has been emphasized by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, who referred to it as the most significant public health challenge of our era. Adolescents, especially those identifying as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, from low-income families, rural areas, homelessness, or immigrant households, are disproportionately affected. Daybreak Health is championing a transformative approach by delivering personalized mental health care within the school environment, where students spend the majority of their time. The company aims to ensure equitable access to high-quality, culturally competent, and affordable mental health services.
Daybreak is committed to partnering with our nation’s school districts to make mental health support accessible to all kids who need it,” said Daybreak Health CEO and Co-Founder Alex Alvarado. “We believe that every child, regardless of their background, should be able to access high-quality, personalized care that’s tailored to their specific needs so they can reach their full potential—in school and at home. Our program data shows that four out of five school counselors report noticeable improvements in student’s symptoms and 92% of families report behavioral improvements at home.
With partnerships in over 60 school districts nationwide, Daybreak Health bridges the care gap through proprietary, evidence-based teletherapy programs. These programs provide personalized support from experienced youth mental health clinicians, resulting in notable symptomatic and behavioral improvements.
To combat the critical shortage of mental health professionals in schools, Daybreak Health collaborates with districts to integrate teletherapy into their systems, augmenting mental health teams’ capabilities. The company also offers mental health classes for school staff and families, alongside tools for early identification of students who could benefit from support.