The Scooty Fund is working to create a world in which mental health is viewed as inherently valuable and complex. We seek to foster a culture in which conversations about mental health are not only destigmatized but encouraged, a culture in which young adults feel comfortable turning to peers and professionals for support, a culture in which young adults have the knowledge and resources necessary to effectively care for their mental well-being, a culture in which young adults believe they are worthy regardless of external validation, a culture in which young adults practice mindfulness, awareness, and non-judgmental acceptance towards themselves and others, and a culture in which empathy and connection are the norm.
The Scooty Fund’s story begins with the life of Will Taylor (aka Scooty), who died by suicide at age 21, on March 4, 2017. One year later, Will’s sister, Kasey Taylor, friend Tara Nielson, and fellow dedicated board members launched The Scooty Fund in his memory. Driven by its mission, The Scooty Fund focuses on encouraging conversations, de-stigmatizing mental illness, raising funds for research and resources, building supportive and open communities, educating others, and, above all, helping young adults prioritize their mental health in ways that work. The Scooty Fund pillars of action include building community through various media, educating, and fundraising.