Top Mental Health Charities You Can Support
Published May 6, 2020
Studies show that 1 in 5 US adults live with mental illness. This just demonstrates how rampant mental health issues are in the country. Almost everyone goes through a mental health crisis at least once in their life. And yet, it remains a taboo topic in our society.
People who are suffering from mental and psychological disorders are often stigmatized. This instills in them a fear that they’ll be judged if they talk about what they are going through.
It’s no wonder why most of them end up either behind bars or sleeping on the streets. They are quickly judged on the things they do but no one asks why they do it.
This lack of understanding about the complexity of mental disorders makes it all the more worrying. Many lives could have been saved if someone just listened and empathized. Instead, people who try to speak up about it are criticized and their concerns downplayed.
But a mental disorder is as real as any other disease. It’s not something that is “just in your head”. Instead of judgment, these people need empathy. Instead of criticism, they need encouragement.
As we celebrate the Mental Health Awareness Month this May, let us all do our part to break the stigma. Speak up or support these mental health charities who are leading the charge to end this. Together, we can make a more empathetic and understanding world for those who need it the most.
Since 1987, this charity has awarded grants to scientific research on mental health disorders. The data gathered from these studies have been a huge help for mental health professionals. It also allowed the rest of the world to gain a deeper understanding of various mental health issues.
The foundation also claims that 100% of the donations they receive go to research grants. Their operating expenses are covered by separate foundation grants. As of April 2020, they’ve already awarded more than $408 million to more than 560 institutions around the world.
LGBTQ youths are one of the most vulnerable people in our society. As such, many of them suffer from mild to debilitating mental disorders. They are the ones that The Trevor Project aims to help.
They provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youths. Among its initiatives is a lifeline that receives up to 45,000 calls per year. They also offer training and workshops to adults who work closely with the youth. You can also access various suicide prevention resources on their website.
MHA had been helping in the fight against mental health disorders since 1909.
Aside from research, the foundation also has various programs to help those who suffer from mental illnesses. It aims to provide a holistic approach to promoting mental health.
Their programs and advocacies cover prevention, timely intervention, integrated care, and support for those who need it.
What started as a grassroots advocacy is now the nation’s largest mental health organization. Since 1979, they’ve grown to more than 500 local affiliates that operate all over the country.
Its primary goal is to raise public awareness and provide education and support to individuals affected with mental disorders. The organization maintains a lifeline that caters to hundreds of thousands of requests each year.
To raise public awareness, they also launched the Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMIWalks. As of 2018, NAMIWalks have raised $11.9 million across the country.
In 2018 alone, more than 40,000 people have taken their own lives in the US. This makes the country’s suicide rate one of the highest among wealthy nations.
This is what AFSP is fighting for. The organization is at the fore of the country’s suicide prevention advocacies. The donations they receive are used to fund scientific research and educate the public on mental health and suicide prevention. They also advocate for public policies as well as offer support to those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
About The Author
Judy Ponio is a firm believer in the power of giving and she wants to share that with the world. As a volunteer author she loves to write about topics related to giving and personal fulfillment.