Can Nonprofit Workers Fill the Gaps in Mental Health Access?

Can Nonprofit Workers Fill the Gaps in Mental Health Access?
Research shows that many types mental health care can actually be provided by nonprofit workers who get a little extra training. Here are two foundations who are getting behind this promising trend.
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A Big New Push on Veterans’ Mental Health

A Big New Push on Veterans’ Mental Health
The Wounded Warrior Project has announced a three-year $100 million effort to connect wounded veterans and their families with individualized mental health care.
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The Smallest Victims of the Mental Health Crisis Get Some Help

The Smallest Victims of the Mental Health Crisis Get Some Help
In many places, mental health treatment facilities specifically for kids just don’t exist, and kids and their families are left scratching their heads. A donor steps forward in California to help change that.
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A Milwaukee Family Foundation Gives Big for Mental Health

A $3 million give is designed to make big improvements to the city’s mental health infrastructure, and specifically, the system families and children access when they need mental health services.
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Movember Foundation Shifting Focus to Mental Health?

Though the Movember Foundation launched to promote prostate cancer support and advocacy, it's moving more and more towards broader men's health issues, such as depression.
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Follow Your Gut: Serious Grant Money to Seek Clues to Autism in the Gastrointestinal Tract

Much has been made in recent years of gut-brain interactions: the myriad ways the bacteria we host influence our behavior. Now, Autism Speaks is putting up $2.3M to explore the gut-brain connection and autism.
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Funding a Bigger, Smarter Team to Help Veterans Conquer Their Challenges

Veterans can face a thicket of interlocking challenges: War injuries, mental health problems, and substance abuse. Here's an effort that takes a more holistic approach to these difficulties.
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Wanted: Projects that Advance Peer Support for Mental Health, in Texas

It's good to keep an eye on the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, which often supports work that is cutting-edge, experimental, or otherwise off-the-beaten-track. Here we look at their latest RFP.
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This Foundation Battles Mental Illness With Lots of Small Grants to Researchers

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation recently made two hundred $60,000 two-year awards to promising young investigators working at unraveling the roots of mental illness. What's the strategy?
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The Backstory Behind the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

Ima Hogg had a lifelong interest in mental health and wellbeing, and the Texas foundation she started continues to influence the field of mental health by giving grants, offering education for caregivers, and raising awareness.
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Why the Children’s Data Network Caught the Hilton Foundation’s Eye

Everybody involved with children with challenging lives wants better data on these kids, and that includes the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. So when the foundation saw a promising effort in this area, it funded its expansion.
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Pioneering “Transition-Age” Mental Health

A Texas funder just handed out $10 million to address the mental health challenges that arise during that sometimes dicey gap between adolescence and adulthood, a period when new stresses emerge even as old supports fade.
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Who’s Fixing the Mental Health Gap in Central Texas?

Four hundred people a month. That’s how many mental health patients in crisis are being diverted towards ill-equipped emergency rooms and long-term care facilities in central Texas. One funder is giving big to address the crisis.
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A $650M Fist in the Eye of Cuts to Mental Health Funding

The big gift comes at a time of major cuts to mental health spending. But its main appeal lies not in how it fills the breach, but rather its bold reach for breakthroughs by applying genomic medicine to the research backwater of mental health.
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What Mental Health Organizations Need to Know about the van Ameringen Foundation

There aren’t too many philanthropic foundations solely devoted to funding mental health agencies, so if you’re working in that field of mental health, and are based in New York or Philly, you'll want to watch the van Ameringen Foundation.
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Are the Kids Alright? Casey Backs New Assessment of Foster Assessment

Managing kids in the foster care system can be fraught with struggle. And making matters worse, there is no widely accepted tool for assessing how kids are doing within the system. A new outfit is trying to fill that void, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation is behind it.
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Is the Skip Viragh Foundation Stepping Up their Mental Health Giving?

The Skip Viragh Foundation has been systematically giving to alleviate poverty, homelessness, and domestic violence, and to fund cancer research, since it was founded in 2000. So naturally, last week’s $13 million gift to a leading addiction recovery center made us sit up and take notice.
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Look What This Funder is Doing on Teen Mental Health

With characteristic Yankee pluck and vigor, and nearly $100 million in assets, the MetroWest Health Foundation is among the largest health foundations in Massachusetts. We’re betting they aren’t on your radar, but they should be. They’re proactive, and principled, and they just made $1.28 million in mental health grants.
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Massachusetts Turns Settlement Money into Windfall for Mental Health

What do you do when you sue a pharmaceutical company for violating laws surrounding mental health medications, and you win? Well, you turn it into mental health grants. That’s just what Massachusetts did last week, following the settlement of a three-part lawsuit against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which is owned by Johnson & Johnson.
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Remember the Ladies: VNA Foundation’s Women Veterans Health Project

In the fall of 2013, the VNA Foundation of Chicago announced its support of a new special initiative, a little out-of-the-ordinary for the foundation, which would seek to ease the transition of veterans from combat to civilian life. Specifically women veterans.
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