Posted on January 14, 2024
Sapien Labs Receives Funding from Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) to Study Youth Mental Health

Washington, D.C. – Sapien Labs is pleased to announce that it was awarded a multi-year grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) as part of its Global Health Initiative (GHI) to further investigate the root causes of the youth mental health crisis.

Sapien Labs will use the funding for a large-scale study that provides in-depth understanding of the mental health challenges in adolescents 13-18, and underlying drivers of their ongoing mental health crisis. The funding will also be used to profile the mental wellbeing of student populations from a diversity of schools and measure the impact of different policies around technology, food and social connectedness. This research and case studies will guide programs and policy recommendations that can help reverse the trend of poor youth mental health.

“That we’re facing a worldwide crisis in youth mental health is clear—the question now is whether we can address its root causes in addition to treating its symptoms. SNF is proud to support Sapien Labs in using global data and analytics to fill gaps in our knowledge about those causes, yielding insights that will help inform, at a fundamental level, our collective approach to creating the conditions for kids to thrive,” said SNF Senior Program Officer Roula Siklas.

“The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has a proven record of working to improve the lives of young people. We are grateful for their support and their endorsement of our work to investigate the root causes of the youth mental wellbeing crisis to reverse the trends we are tracking,” said Rob Carter, Sapien Labs Board Member and Acting Executive Director.

Tara Thiagarajan, Founder and Chief Scientist of Sapien Labs, added: “Now that we have received support as part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s Global Health Initiative, we are excited to collaborate and share our research and findings, including with the relevant organizations that SNF is already supporting.”

About Sapien Labs

Sapien Labs is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 with a mission to understand and enable the human mind. With the world’s largest mental wellbeing data, Sapien Labs is focused on finding the root causes of our mental wellbeing decline, with emphasis on young people.  Visit our website to learn more.


Callyn Giese