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Natasha O’Shaughnessy from Rathfarnham (left), Blessing Dada from South Dublin and Heather Whelan from Rathmines pictured in Merrion Square, Dublin for the launch of Rethink Ireland’s Headstart fund.

Natasha O’Shaughnessy from Rathfarnham (left), Blessing Dada from South Dublin and Heather Whelan from Rathmines pictured in Merrion Square, Dublin for the launch of Rethink Ireland’s Headstart fund.

Natasha O’Shaughnessy from Rathfarnham (left), Blessing Dada from South Dublin and Heather Whelan from Rathmines pictured in Merrion Square, Dublin for the launch of Rethink Ireland’s Headstart fund.

Rethink Ireland, formerly the Social Innovation Fund Ireland, and insurer Zurich’s philanthropic arm have launched an initial €1.5m Headstart Fund aimed at addressing youth mental health issues.

The fund is seeking more donors after a pledge of €1.5m from the Z Zurich Foundation so it can build up the scale of the venture.

Speaking at the launch, Deirdre Mortell, CEO of Rethink Ireland said: “We know the mental health of young people was dramatically affected by the two-year pandemic, and we know we have yet to see all of the long-term effects.” 

The fund will support organisations working with 15-24 year olds and will aim for solutions that focus on the groups that have been hit hardest by the recent coronavirus pandemic, such as younger people, women, and people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

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