May is Mental Health Awareness Month—a time to raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health issues. According to the World Health Organization, one in four people is affected by a mental or neurological disorder at some point. That means that mental health is not something that only affects a few, but something that touches everyone.
One way to support mental health awareness is to donate to nonprofits that are working to provide resources, advocacy, and education for people living with mental health challenges. This post features over 50 organizations that are doing great work in this area; so, whether you want to volunteer, donate, or learn more about mental health in general, these nonprofits are sure to have something right up your alley.
Broad Range | PoC | Indigenous | Homeless | Veterans | LGBTQ+ | Children | IDD | Elderly
Organizations Supporting a Broad Range of Mental Health Issues
Mental health is a vital aspect of well-being that affects millions of people around the world. Nearly one billion people worldwide suffer from some form of mental disorder, and many of them face challenges in accessing adequate care and support. Organizations supporting a broad range of mental health issues play a crucial role in raising awareness, providing services, and advocating for change.
Active Minds is a nonprofit organization that empowers students to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses. Active Minds supports more than 550 chapters at high schools and colleges across the country that organize events, campaigns, and programs to raise awareness and reduce stigma about mental health issues among young adults. Active Minds also provides resources for students, educators, parents, and professionals on topics such as suicide prevention, stress management, self-care, and more. Learn more: activeminds.org.
Art with a Heart in Healthcare (AWAHIH)
AWAHIH creates personalized fine art experiences for patients and their families. Founded in 2001 by Lori Guadagno and Lisa Landwirth Ullmann, AWAHIH has served thousands of people with the healing power of art. AWAHIH works with a team of professional artists and volunteers who offer individualized and group art sessions in various mediums, such as painting, drawing, music and storytelling. AWAHIH also collaborates with Child Life Specialists who specialize in child development and psychosocial interventions. AWAHIH’s mission is to enhance the healing process, empower patients by giving them choices, and promote a sense of well-being through arts engagement. Learn more: awahih.org.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF)
BBRF is a nonprofit organization that funds scientific research to find cures for mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and more. Since 1987, BBRF has awarded more than $418 million to over 5,000 researchers worldwide. BBRF also educates the public about mental health through webinars, podcasts, blogs, newsletters, and social media. Learn more: bbrfoundation.org.
Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HRDF)
HDRF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting depression through research and educational programs about depression, anxiety, and mood-related disorders. Founded in 2006, HDRF focuses on a variety of research areas within brain science, and in 2010, launched a Depression Task Force comprising nine leading scientists to deepen their efforts to understand mental illnesses. HDRF also raises public awareness about depression and its impact on society through campaigns, events, and publications. Learn more: hopefordepression.org.
Mental Health America (MHA)
MHA is a national organization that serves people living with mental illness and promotes mental health “through advocacy, education, research, and services.” They seek to identify mental illnesses early and construct a plan of care that best supports the individual. MHA distributes information and online tools and organizes events to build a better understanding of mental illness identification and intervention, when necessary, in addition to recommending policy changes that support mental health for all. Learn more here: mhanational.org or visit local chapters, like Mental Health America of Greenville County.
Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation is a US-based non-profit organization that aims to create a discrimination-free society by raising awareness and advocating for positive mental health. The foundation provides information, resources, support, and education on various mental health issues, such as addiction, suicide prevention, bullying, veterans’ mental health, and more. The foundation also organizes events and campaigns to change perceptions and broaden understanding of mental health conditions. The foundation’s website offers a platform where people can learn, seek help, share their stories, and offer support to others. The foundation’s motto is #BreakTheStigma and its mission is to promote courage, compassion, and kindness for everyone’s mental health and well-being. Learn more: mentalhealthfoundation.org or visit local chapters, like the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, and donate to their 21st Annual Stomp Out Stigma Walk for Mental Health.
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
MAPS specializes in research and education on psychedelic therapy for various mental health conditions, such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, and addiction. Psychedelic therapy involves the use of substances like MDMA and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) along with psychotherapy to help people heal and transform. Psychedelic therapy is now gaining more recognition and acceptance, as it has demonstrated remarkable outcomes in treating some of the most common and difficult mental health issues of our time. Your donation to MAPS can help them pursue their mission and vision of making psychedelic therapy available and legal for those who need it. Learn more: maps.org.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI offers mental health education, advocates for national legislation that supports people with mental illness, runs a toll-free helpline and organizes events and activities that build awareness. NAMI also has local affiliates and state organizations that provide support groups, classes, and programs in their communities. Learn more: nami.org.
Transitional Resources provides mental health services and housing to adults with serious and persistent mental illnesses. Their mission is to help people recover and achieve their full potential in a supportive and respectful environment. They offer a range of programs, like crisis intervention, case management, peer support, medication management, vocational services, and community integration. They also operate several housing options, from emergency shelters to permanent supportive housing. Transitional Resources has been serving the West Seattle community since 1976 and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Learn more: transitionalresources.org.
Organizations Supporting the Mental Health of Black and PoC Individuals and Communities
Black and PoC individuals and communities face disproportionate rates of mental health problems due to systemic racism, discrimination, and trauma. In the United States, Black people are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems, such as major depressive disorder or generalized anxiety disorder, than other groups.
Black Men Heal
Black Men Heal aims to provide access to mental health treatment, education, and resources to men of color. Founded in 2018, Black Men Heal offers free individual and group therapy sessions, virtual support groups, and community events to help Black men heal from intergenerational trauma and systemic racism. By removing the stigma, matching providers and clients, and eliminating costs, Black Men Heal empowers men of color to take charge of their mental health and well-being. Learn more: blackmenheal.org.
The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (BLHF)
BLHF is a nonprofit organization founded by actress Taraji P. Henson in honor of her father who suffered from PTSD after serving in the Vietnam War. BLHF's mission is to eradicate the stigma around mental health issues in the African American community by providing education, resources, referrals, and therapy support. BLHF also advocates for policies that improve access and quality of mental health care for Black people. Learn more: borislhensonfoundation.org.
The Loveland Foundation
The Loveland Foundation was founded by activist Rachel Cargle in 2018 after raising over $250,000 for Black women and girls to receive therapy. The Loveland Foundation's mission is to provide healing, opportunity, and validation for communities of color, especially Black women and girls. Learn more: thelovelandfoundation.org.
The Steve Fund
The Steve Fund is dedicated to supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color. The Steve Fund was founded in 2014 by the family of Stephen C. Rose, a Harvard student who died by suicide after struggling with depression. The Steve Fund works with colleges, universities, nonprofits, and other partners to provide programs, research, and advocacy that address the mental health needs and challenges of young people of color. Learn more: stevefund.org.
Therapy for Black Girls
Therapy for Black Girls is an online platform that connects Black women and girls with culturally competent therapists who understand their unique experiences and needs. Therapy for Black Girls also offers a podcast, a blog, a weekly newsletter, and a thriving online community that provide mental health information, tips, and support for Black women and girls. Learn more: therapyforblackgirls.com.
Organizations Supporting the Mental Health of Indigenous Individuals and Communities
Indigenous communities have been historically oppressed, marginalized, and traumatized by colonization, genocide, and cultural erasure. According to NAMI, 18.7% of Indigenous people had a mental illness in 2021, which is higher than the national average of 17.6%. It’s crucial to recognize and support the organizations that are working to improve the mental health of Indigenous people across the country and beyond.
American Indian Health and Family Services (AIHFS)
AIHFS provides comprehensive health care and social services to the Native American population in Southeastern Michigan. AIHFS offers medical, dental, behavioral health, substance abuse, and prevention services that are culturally appropriate and holistic. AIHFS also hosts cultural activities such as drumming circles, sweat lodges, language classes, and pow-wows. Learn more: aihfs.org.
Center for Native American Youth (CNAY)
CNAY works to improve the health, safety, and well-being of Native American youth. CNAY engages with Native youth through outreach events, leadership programs, scholarships, and awards. CNAY also advocates for policies and initiatives that support Native youth at the local, state, and federal levels. Learn more: cnay.org.
Native Wellness Institute (NWI)
NWI promotes the well-being of Native people through programs that incorporate traditional Indigenous knowledge and values. NWI offers trainings, workshops, webinars, and events on topics such as historical trauma healing, cultural resilience, leadership development, youth empowerment, and more. nativewellness.com.
StrongHearts Native Helpline
StrongHearts Native Helpline is a confidential and culturally appropriate domestic violence and dating violence helpline for Native Americans. StrongHearts Native Helpline provides peer support, crisis intervention, safety planning, and referrals to Native-centered resources and shelters. StrongHearts Native Helpline also raises awareness and educates the public about the impact of violence on Native communities. Learn more: strongheartshelpline.org.
We R Native
We R Native is a multimedia health resource for Native youth by Native youth. We R Native provides information, advice, stories, and support on topics such as mental health, suicide prevention, substance abuse, sexual health, culture, identity, and more. We R Native also offers opportunities for Native youth to get involved in their communities through grants, contests, and ambassador programs. Learn more: wernative.org.
Organizations Supporting the Mental Health of Homeless Individuals and Communities
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 20.8% of people experiencing homelessness in the U.S. have a serious mental health condition, compared to 5.6% of the general population. Here are five nonprofits that help push back against the multiple barriers and challenges homeless individuals experience when it comes to accessing mental health care and support.
Back on My Feet
Back on My Feet uses running as a tool to help people experiencing homelessness improve their physical and mental health, self-esteem, and social connections. Back on My Feet partners with local shelters and residential facilities to recruit members who commit to running three times a week with volunteer teams. Back on My Feet also provides access to educational, employment, and housing opportunities for its members. Learn more: backonmyfeet.org.
Homeless Health Care Los Angeles (HHCLA)
HHCLA provides integrated health care and social services to people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. HHCLA offers medical, dental, mental health, substance abuse, harm reduction, and outreach services that are client-centered and trauma-informed. HHCLA also operates a drop-in center that provides showers, laundry, meals, clothing, and referrals. Learn more: hhcla.org.
The Midnight Mission
The Midnight Mission offers a path to self-sufficiency for people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. The Midnight Mission provides emergency services such as shelter, food, clothing, hygiene, and medical care. The Midnight Mission also offers recovery services such as counseling, education, job training, and transitional housing. The Midnight Mission also hosts community events such as art shows, concerts, and holiday meals. Learn more: midnightmission.org.
National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH)
NCH works to prevent and end homelessness through advocacy, education, and grassroots organizing. NCH addresses the root causes of homelessness such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, and lack of access to health care. NCH also empowers people who are or have been homeless to speak out and take action on issues that affect them. Learn more: nationalhomeless.org.
Pathways to Housing
Pathways to Housing follows the Housing First model, which provides immediate access to permanent housing without preconditions or requirements for people experiencing homelessness. Pathways to Housing also offers comprehensive support services such as mental health care, substance abuse treatment, medical care, employment assistance, and social activities. Learn more: pathwayshousingfirst.org.
Organizations Supporting the Mental Health of Veterans
US veterans are twice as likely as non-veterans to commit suicide. Historically there’s been a lot of stigma and lack of support for this population, but that’s starting to change. Here are a handful of nonprofits that focus on the mental health of war vets, who often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation.
Give an Hour
Give an Hour harnesses the skills and generosity of licensed mental health professionals to provide free counseling and other services to veterans, service members, and their families. Give an Hour also educates the public about the mental health needs and challenges of the military community and advocates for policies that support their well-being. Learn more: giveanhour.org.
The Headstrong Project
The Headstrong Project provides cost-free, barrier-free, and stigma-free mental health treatment to veterans, service members, and their families. Founded in 2012, The Headstrong Project partners with leading clinicians and institutions to offer effective and confidential PTSD treatment. The Headstrong Project’s goal is to help its clients “Triumph Over Trauma” and improve their quality of life. Learn more: theheadstrongproject.org.
The Soldiers Project
The Soldiers Project provides free, confidential, and unlimited mental health services to post-9/11 veterans and service members, as well as their families and loved ones. The Soldiers Project works with a network of licensed volunteer therapists who offer individual, couples, family, and group therapy. The Soldiers Project also conducts outreach and education events to raise awareness and reduce stigma about the mental health issues faced by the military community. Learn more: thesoldiersproject.org.
Team Rubicon mobilizes veterans to continue their service by deploying them to disaster zones around the world. Team Rubicon leverages the skills and experiences of veterans to provide immediate relief to communities in need. Team Rubicon also helps veterans find a sense of purpose, community, and identity through their service and camaraderie. Learn more: teamrubiconusa.org.
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP)
WWP provides free programs and services to veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001. WWP offers mental health support such as counseling, peer support groups, wellness workshops, and online resources. WWP also provides physical health and wellness programs, career and education services, and financial and legal assistance. Learn more: woundedwarriorproject.org.
Organizations Supporting the Mental Health of LGBTQ+ Individuals and Communities
While LGBTQ+ communities face higher rates of discrimination, violence, and harassment than their heterosexual and cisgender peers, at least 417 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced in state legislatures across the United States since the start of the year—a new record, according to American Civil Liberties Union data (as of April 3). That’s already more than twice the number of such bills introduced all of last year.
GLSEN creates safe and inclusive schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. GLSEN provides research, resources, training, and policy recommendations to educators, administrators, students, and parents to address the challenges and needs of LGBTQ+ students. GLSEN also organizes programs and events that celebrate and empower LGBTQ+ students, such as the Day of Silence, the No Name-Calling Week, and the GLSEN Respect Awards. Learn more: glsen.org.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
HRC works to achieve equality for LGBTQ+ people. HRC lobbies for legislation that protects and advances the rights of LGBTQ+ people at the federal, state, and local levels. HRC also mobilizes grassroots action, educates the public, conducts research, and supports LGBTQ+ candidates and allies. HRC also runs programs and campaigns that address the mental health and well-being of LGBTQ+ people, such as the HRC Foundation's Youth Well-Being Program, which provides resources and support to LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Learn more: hrc.org.
The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
NCTE advocates for the rights and dignity of transgender people. NCTE works at the federal, state, and local levels to change laws, policies, and attitudes that affect the lives and well-being of transgender people. NCTE also provides resources and guidance to transgender people on topics such as health care, identity documents, employment, housing, education, and more. Learn more: transequality.org.
SAGE provides advocacy and services to LGBTQ+ older adults. SAGE works to improve the quality of life and address the unique challenges of LGBTQ+ elders, such as isolation, discrimination, health disparities, and lack of support. SAGE offers programs and services such as counseling, case management, social activities, health education, legal assistance, and housing options. SAGE also trains and educates providers and policymakers on how to create inclusive and respectful environments for LGBTQ+ older adults. Learn more: sageusa.org.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ young people under 25. The Trevor Project operates a 24/7 lifeline, a chat service, a text service, and a social networking site that offer support and resources to LGBTQ+ youth in distress. The Trevor Project also conducts research, education, and advocacy to improve the mental health and well-being of LGBTQ+ youth. Learn more: thetrevorproject.org.
Organizations Supporting the Mental Health of Children
Children are often vulnerable to abuse, neglect, bullying, and trauma. In the United States, suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-14, and many of them struggle with mental health issues that are often undetected or untreated. Here is an inexhausted list of nonprofits dedicated to making a change for children across the country.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA)
BBBSA matches adult volunteers with children who face adversity in their lives. BBBSA provides mentoring relationships that help children improve their confidence, academic performance, relationships, and mental health. BBBSA also offers training and resources to mentors, parents, and partners to ensure the quality and safety of the matches. Learn more: bbbs.org.
Child Mind Institute
Child Mind Institute provides clinical care, research, education, and advocacy for children and adolescents with mental health and learning disorders. Child Mind Institute offers evidence-based treatments, assessments, consultations, and telehealth services to families in need. Child Mind Institute also produces online resources, publications, podcasts, and events to inform and empower parents, educators, professionals, and policymakers on how to support children's mental health and development. Learn more: childmind.org.
Children's Defense Fund (CDF)
CDF wants to ensure every child has a healthy start, a fair chance, and a safe and nurturing environment. CDF advocates for policies and programs that protect and empower children, especially those who are poor, marginalized, or at risk. CDF also operates programs that provide direct services and support to children and families, such as the CDF Freedom Schools, which offer summer and after-school enrichment activities that foster academic and social-emotional skills. Learn more: childrensdefense.org.
Cody’s House Youth Centre is a community-based resource that promotes mental health and resilience in youth aged 12-19 in Simcoe County and Oro-Medonte. Cody’s House helps youth and their families navigate the mental health service pathways available in the region and connects them to programs that help them develop life skills, explore their interests, and cope with change or trauma. Cody’s House also offers support forums, tips, and resources for youth and parents on its website. Cody’s House was founded in memory of Cody Thompson, a young man who struggled with mental health issues and died by suicide. Cody’s House aims to end the silence around suicide and suicidal ideation and to empower youth to seek help and support. Learn more: codyshouse.org.
Healthy Humor brings smiles and laughter to hospitalized children and others who are most in need. Founded by three experienced healthcare clowns, Healthy Humor employs professional performers who create moments of joy, wonder and comfort for their audiences. Healthy Humor believes in the power of humor, joy and human connection to transform lives and ease suffering. Healthy Humor operates in several children’s hospitals across the country, as well as other settings such as nursing homes and shelters. Healthy Humor’s vision is a world less burdened by pain and fear. Learn more: healthyhumorinc.org.
Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only free, 24/7, bilingual e-mental health support service for young people. Whether a kid needs to talk, text, or chat online, Kids Help Phone is always there for them. Kids can reach out to a professional counselor or a trained volunteer crisis responder for confidential and non-judgmental support on any issue. Kids Help Phone also offers tips, info, quizzes, games, and activities to help children learn about mental health and well-being. You can join the movement to support mental health across Canada by donating, volunteering, or participating in events like BMO Walk so Kids Can Talk. Learn More: kidshelpphone.ca.
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
NASP represents and supports school psychologists who work with students, families, educators, and communities to improve academic achievement and mental health outcomes for all children. NASP provides professional development, standards, ethics, and advocacy for school psychologists. NASP also offers resources and guidance to parents, educators, administrators, and policymakers on topics such as crisis response, social-emotional learning, diversity and equity, mental health screening, and more. Learn more: nasponline.org.
Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation (NCHCF)
NCHCF supports Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and other programs that advance and enhance health care for children locally and globally. Founded in 2004 by Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, NCHCF has helped thousands of children and families access world-class pediatric health care. NCHCF also partners with other hospitals and organizations to provide innovative services and solutions for children’s health issues. NCHCF’s mission is to give the greatest gift of all: a healthy child. Learn more: nchcf.org.
Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA)
PCAA is dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect in all forms. PCAA promotes healthy child development, positive parenting practices, and family support services that help prevent child maltreatment before it occurs. PCAA also advocates for policies and programs that protect children and strengthen families at the national, state, and local levels. Learn more: preventchildabuse.org.
Safe and Sound Child Advocacy Center (CAC)
CAC provides a safe and supportive environment for children who have been abused. Founded in 1984, Safe and Sound CAC coordinates a multidisciplinary team of professionals who investigate child abuse reports, conduct forensic interviews and exams, and provide evidence-based interventions and referrals. Safe and Sound CAC also works to prevent child abuse through community education and outreach programs. Learn more: safeandsoundcac.org.
The Safe Center LI (TSCLI)
TSCLI provides comprehensive services to victims of family violence and sexual assault in Nassau County, New York. Founded in 2014 by the merger of two coalitions against domestic violence and child abuse and neglect, TSCLI offers 24/7 hotline, counseling, legal, housing, and education services to women, men, children, and elderly who have experienced abuse. TSCLI also works to prevent abuse through community outreach, professional training, school programs, and bullying prevention. TSCLI’s mission is to protect, assist and empower victims while challenging and changing social systems that tolerate and perpetuate abuse. Learn more: tscli.org.
UNICEF is the world’s leading organization for children, working in over 190 countries and territories to protect and promote their rights. UNICEF provides life-saving assistance to children and adolescents in health, nutrition, education, water, sanitation, hygiene, protection, and emergencies. UNICEF also advocates for policies and laws that advance child well-being and supports innovation and research to find new solutions for the challenges facing children. The organization is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from governments, organizations, and individuals. UNICEF is non-political and impartial, but never neutral when it comes to defending children’s rights and safeguarding their lives and futures. Its motto is “for every child” and its mission is to never give up until every child can survive, thrive, and fulfill their potential. Learn more: unicef.org.
Organizations Supporting the Mental Health of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) experience a higher rate of mental health conditions than the general population, such as anxiety, depression, and psychosis. Moreover, individuals with IDD are more likely to be taken advantage of, abused, or neglected by caretakers, which can further harm their mental health and well-being.
Autism Speaks promotes solutions for the needs of people with autism and their families. Autism Speaks funds research on the causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of autism. Autism Speaks also provides resources, tools, and support to people with autism and their families. Autism Speaks also advocates for policies and programs that increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism and improve their quality of life. Learn more: autismspeaks.org.
Easterseals gives life-changing services and supports to children and adults with disabilities, families, and communities across the country. Founded in 1919, Easterseals aims to create a more equitable, inclusive, and accessible society for all people. Easterseals offers programs and services that enrich education, enhance health, expand employment, and elevate community for people with disabilities and their families. Easterseals also operates the nation’s largest network of child development centers for kids ages 0-5. Learn more: easterseals.com.
GiGi’s Playhouse is a network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers that offer free educational, therapeutic, and career development programs for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. With over 57 locations across the United States and Mexico, GiGi’s Playhouse is on a mission to change the way the world views Down syndrome and to send a global message of acceptance for all. Whether you are a parent, a volunteer, a donor, or a supporter, you can join GiGi’s Playhouse and help make a difference in the lives of thousands of people. Learn more: gigisplayhouse.org.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
NCLD improves the lives of the one-in-five children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues. Founded in 1977, NCLD empowers parents and young adults, transforms schools, and advocates for equal rights and opportunities for people with learning disabilities. NCLD provides essential information, research, and resources to help individuals with learning disabilities succeed in school, work, and life. NCLD also supports programs and policies that promote effective and inclusive education for all learners. Learn more: ncld.org.
National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)
NDSS enhances the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families. NDSS provides information, resources, and support to people with Down syndrome and their families. NDSS also advocates for policies and legislation that protect the rights and opportunities of people with Down syndrome in areas such as education, health care, employment, and community inclusion. Learn more: ndss.org.
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics aims to improve the physical fitness, mental health, social skills, and self-esteem of its athletes. Special Olympics also promotes inclusion, respect, and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities through its Unified Sports program, which brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities on the same teams. Learn more: specialolympics.org.
Organizations Supporting the Mental Health of Our Elderly Population
Loneliness, isolation, grief, and cognitive decline are only some of the huge problems impacting the mental health of our elderly population. Approximately 15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental disorder, such as depression, anxiety, or dementia. Moreover, older adults are more likely to be taken advantage of, abused, or neglected by caretakers or even family members, which can further harm their mental health and well-being.
AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by creating economic opportunities and social connections for vulnerable older adults. AARP Foundation provides programs and services that help seniors increase their income, save money, improve their health, and strengthen their social ties. AARP Foundation also conducts research and litigation to protect the rights and interests of seniors. Learn more: aarp.org.
Alzheimer's Association is determined to end Alzheimer's and other dementias by accelerating research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Alzheimer's Association provides information, resources, education, and advocacy for people living with Alzheimer's or other dementias and their caregivers. Alzheimer's Association also operates a 24/7 helpline that offers support and guidance to callers in more than 200 languages. Learn more: alz.org.
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
GSA promotes the scientific study of aging and disseminates information among scientists, health professionals, policymakers, and the public. GSA fosters collaboration and innovation in aging research, education, practice, and policy. GSA also publishes journals, books, newsletters, and reports that advance the knowledge and understanding of aging and its implications for society. Learn more: geron.org.
LifePath is centered on home and community-based services to older adults and people with disabilities in Western Massachusetts. LifePath offers programs and services such as care management, nutrition, transportation, personal care, home modification, and caregiver support. LifePath also provides mental health counseling and referrals to older adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, or other emotional issues. Learn more: lifepathma.org.
Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America supports more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. Meals on Wheels America provides nutritious meals, friendly visits, and safety checks to seniors who are homebound or have limited mobility. Meals on Wheels America also advocates for policies and funding that support the health and well-being of seniors. Learn more: mealsonwheelsamerica.org.
One Last Note on Mental Health Awareness...
Mental health is a crucial aspect of our well-being that affects every aspect of our lives. However, many people struggle with mental health issues that are often misunderstood, stigmatized, or ignored by society. Fortunately, there are many nonprofits that work tirelessly to provide support, education, research, and advocacy for mental health awareness and care. By donating to these nonprofits, you can help them continue their important work and make a difference in the lives of millions of people who need it.
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