Prioritizing Mental Health (PMH)
America is experiencing a mental health crisis. Constant exposure to stories of deadly shootings, the pandemic, climate change devastation, political divisiveness, crushing medical debt, racial strife, and other negative news stories have been detrimental to our mental health. According to the US Census Bureau, the number of Americans reporting symptoms of anxiety or depression has surged by 31% in the last year.
Mental health services are needed more than ever. But, millions of individuals do not receive the help they need. The most common reasons for this include fear of judgment, barriers to mental health care, and limited awareness about mental health. With your support, we can address unmet mental health care needs and provide aid to those who need it most.
Quick Facts (from Mental Health America):
- 19.86% of adults are experiencing a mental illness. Equivalent to nearly 50 million Americans. 4.91% are experiencing a severe mental illness.
- 4.58% of adults reporting severe thoughts of suicide - The estimated number of adults with serious suicidal thoughts is over 11.4 million - an increase of 664,000 people from last year's data set.
- 11.1% (over 5.5 million) of adults with mental illness remain uninsured.
- 16.21% of Texas adults are experiencing a mental illness (Equivalent to 3,345,000 Texas adults). NOTE for comparison: The metropolitan area population of Dallas-Fort Worth is 6,488,000 people.
The time is now to prioritize mental health. Together, we can help end the stigma, advance mental health research, and expand access to mental health care. Will you join our cause?
WHO BENEFITS FROM YOUR GIFT?
Our goal is to help individuals and families who need mental health care and other essential health needs. According to Mental Health America, of the 839,000 adults in Texas who did not receive needed mental health care, 45.3% did not because of cost. Additionally, of 325,000 Texas youth with major depression, 67.1% of Texas youth do not receive mental health care.
When you give, you support urgent needs through community-driven programs and broader, pervasive issues tied to mental health.
This Fund supports those by creating safe spaces, support systems, and community programs, as well as those addressing the more significant systemic issues surrounding mental health on both a local and national level. We hope this Fund will help alleviate mental health challenges of all kinds.
WHAT WILL THIS FUND SUPPORT?
This Fund will allow individuals and families to process psychological issues and heal their trauma in safe spaces. Due to constant state budget cuts, your support will provide mental health access to individuals who typically wait months for free services.
The funds will support Low/No Costs:
- Individual Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Grief Recovery
- Therapeutic Mentoring (Young Adults)
- Couples Therapy
- Community Workshops
- Primary Healthcare Services
HOW WILL CLIENTS BE CHOSEN TO RECEIVE SUBSIDIZED SESSIONS & SERVICES?
Eligible participants will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis. Capacity will depend on many factors, including funds raised, how the project evolves regarding new partners, and additional partnering professionals.
WHAT ARE OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT THIS FUND?
You can always support this project by sharing it with your social media and other networks!
IS THIS FUND TIME-LIMITED?
The work may be shifted and expanded based on public response and available funds to better serve those in need. Fundraising efforts will continue as long as mental health professionals are willing to administer this Fund and recognize its value.
Our communities are recognizing the vital need for mental health support. Thank you for your gifts, your action, and for helping us spread the word about the services we will be providing, particularly to those most in need!