The foundation noted that the nation’s mental health crisis worsened with the pandemic, but also acknowledged the growing awareness and acceptance around the issues that has led to work being done to solve it.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, 21% (52.9 million) U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2020. In the United States, suicide is one of the leading causes of death.
Of the five grants given to Georgia based organizations, $500,000 will go The Carter Center to support their mental health program,$250,000 will be go to Kate’s Club to support children who have lost significant figures in their lives, $225,000 will go to CHRIS 180 to provide behavioral health services in Atlanta’s Westside, $100,000 will go to Inner Explorer to launch a meditation program in Atlanta public schools and $200,000 will go to Resilient Georgia to create a behavioral health network for children in Georgia.
“There’s no one specific approach to well-being that works for everyone,” said Beth Brown, managing director of Mental Health & Well-Being at the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. “These grants will allow us to explore a multitude of approaches with our nonprofit partners, whose work is characterized by a special blend of compassion, innovation and impact.”
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