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Daybreak Lands $13M Series B For Youth Mental Health

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When we first interviewed Daybreak Health CEO Alex Alvarado for our Something Ventured founder profile series two years ago, the San Francisco startup had only recently raised its seed round.

At the time, the company, which works with school districts to offer online mental health counseling, was already growing rapidly, driven by high demand for its largely teen-focused services. Over subsequent months, as we regularly checked in with Alvarado, the pace never seemed to slacken. The Something Ventured project culminated just weeks after another big milestone, as Daybreak closed on a $10 million Series A round.

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Alex Alvarado, CEO and founder of Daybreak Health.
Alex Alvarado, CEO and founder of Daybreak Health.

Now, roughly 17 months later, Daybreak has moved on to Series B. The startup today announced a $13 million financing led by Union Square Ventures. New investor Lux Capital joined the round, along with existing backers Lightspeed Venture Partners, Maven Ventures and Y Combinator.

Daybreak initially launched in California, but since has expanded to other states. It currently works with more than 50 school districts, matching clinicians to students based on criteria including needs, language and personal preferences. The company also offers services such as mental health classes for school staff and families, and tools for early identification of students who could benefit from mental health support.

Feedback indicates that counseling offerings are having a positive effect. Alvarado said program data shows that four out of five school counselors report noticeable improvements in student symptoms and 92% of families report behavioral improvements at home.

For now, the plan is more expansion ahead. Daybreak says it will use the Series B funds to roll out its services to more school districts nationwide.

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