Over the last year, it’s become clear that bolder action is needed for mental health as young adults in America are battling a mental health crisis. Today, a third of all adults, and half of young adults 18-24, report living with a mental illness, feeling depressed, anxious, or lonely. The unprecedented times we live in since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic have exacerbated the personal, mental, and financial stress that young people experience.
We must create policies and implement practices to address this problem. Whether for students at higher education institutions, young people on employer-sponsored health insurance, or Medicaid, we can do better. Our goal is affordable and accessible mental health services for young adults. At Young Invincibles, we have heard the stories of young adults from across the country and their pleas for immediate mental health care reforms. We created this agenda to supplement our previous federal policy agenda and outline our deeper commitment to mental health advocacy in 2024.