Arnold Makes Jails a New Front in Battle Against Opioid Addiction

Arnold Makes Jails a New Front in Battle Against Opioid Addiction

Half of state and federal prisoners have substance abuse disorders, including opioid addiction, but standard treatment options are almost never available in jails. A leading funder is partnering with the U.S. Justice Department to change that.

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In the Nation’s “Suicide Belt,” a Major Initiative Emerges to Improve Mental Health

In the Nation’s “Suicide Belt,” a Major Initiative Emerges to Improve Mental Health

The growing suicide epidemic across rural America and its mountain states is finally attracting more philanthropic attention. In Vail, Colorado a new $60 million commitment launched by a nonprofit seeks to transform behavioral health services.

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Inside a Top Mental Health Funder's Quest for Game-Changing Breakthroughs

Inside a Top Mental Health Funder's Quest for Game-Changing Breakthroughs

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is the leading private funder of mental health research in the U.S., backing scientists working in one of the toughest areas of biomedicine. What advances has this funding achieved? And where is BBRF heading next?

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Healing Invisible Wounds: A Look at a Major Push on Veterans’ Mental Health

Healing Invisible Wounds: A Look at a Major Push on Veterans’ Mental Health

With many veterans not receiving the mental health care they need, and alarming numbers committing suicide, private funders have been stepping up. We look at an initiative to help veterans that involves tens of millions of dollars in new grant money for research.

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Who is Tackling the World’s Biggest Overlooked Health Crisis?

Who is Tackling the World’s Biggest Overlooked Health Crisis?

Globally, anxiety and depression are a bigger health burden than you probably realize. Existing treatments are often ineffective, and doctors don’t know why. Wellcome Trust is investing big to transform mental health research and care.

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Riverstyx: A Small Family Foundation That Funds Psychedelic Research and Other Fringe Causes

Riverstyx: A Small Family Foundation That Funds Psychedelic Research and Other Fringe Causes

Psychedelics have reentered the mainstream conversation thanks to Michael Pollan’s “How to Change Your Mind.” But there are still very few foundations that focus in this area. We get the inside story of how one philanthropist came to back psilocybin research and related causes.

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An Actress Looks to Break the Silence on Black Mental Health With a New Foundation

An Actress Looks to Break the Silence on Black Mental Health With a New Foundation

Negative perceptions around mental illness and a lack of quality mental healthcare are major problems in black communities. Taraji P. Henson, an acclaimed actress with family experience in this realm, recently launched a foundation to take on these issues.

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An Initiative to Improve Health in Schools Puts Trauma Front and Center

An Initiative to Improve Health in Schools Puts Trauma Front and Center

Foundations and nonprofits are becoming more interested in addressing trauma among children and adolescents, as research points to its many negative effects on life outcomes. America’s Promise Alliance is one organization taking on this issue, tapping a $6 million grant.

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Behind a Big—and Rare—Foundation Grant for Mental Health

Behind a Big—and Rare—Foundation Grant for Mental Health

While mental illness is surprisingly common, funding for this critical issue is in short supply, even from health foundations. Which is why a big grant for mental health from the Open Society Foundations is worth a closer look.

 

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A Foundation Zeroes in on the Nexus Between Equity and Mental Health

A Foundation Zeroes in on the Nexus Between Equity and Mental Health

Like so many funders these days, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is bringing a stronger equity lens to its work. It’s also looking upstream for better ways to promote well-being. Here’s how those threads are coming together.

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A Mental Health Funder Looks to Rural Texas as It Shifts Upstream

A Mental Health Funder Looks to Rural Texas as It Shifts Upstream

The Hogg Foundation, one of the few stalwart backers of mental health, is looking to better address the underlying factors that determine well-being. We hear how the new strategy came about and why rural areas will get more attention.

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Focused and Strategic: How a Family Tapped Wall Street Wealth for Impact on Mental Health

Focused and Strategic: How a Family Tapped Wall Street Wealth for Impact on Mental Health

New York finance veteran Stephen Lieber and his family have been supporting mental illness research for decades. We recently spoke with Lieber to unpack a deeply personal story of effective giving.

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Lasting Damage: The Public Health Funder Linking Childhood Trauma and Illness

Lasting Damage: The Public Health Funder Linking Childhood Trauma and Illness

Nearly half of kids in the U.S. have experienced some form of trauma, which makes them more susceptible to obesity, heart disease and cancer later on. We dive into RWJF's new work in this emerging area.  

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