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Catalyzing a New Normal: How Can Philanthropy Support Mental Health in the Wake of COVID?
Even before a global pandemic and an unprecedented time of racial reckoning in our nation, mental and behavioral health issues dominated tens of millions of Americans and their families. The stressors from the global pandemic have exacerbated these issues and highlighted fragmented systems and historic racial injustice that requires significant investment for long-term change. For far too many, returning to “normal” isn’t a realistic option. What would a “new mental health normal” look like? In addition to long-existing challenges with mental health access and stigma, the people that we exist to serve in communities across the Southwest – especially those most disproportionately impacted by COVID and racial injustice – are dealing with the loss of loved ones, financial hardship, loss of income and homes, isolation and fatigue, and trauma and fear. Every aspect of these exacerbated mental health hardships requires both immediate action and long-term systemic change. Grantmakers in the Southwest have been investing and playing an integral role for years in policy, research, grantmaking, and public-private partnerships to support mental health initiatives. What else is required of us as a sector to create real, lasting change? Join us for an engaging conversation among Southwest funders and stakeholders who will offer ideas, examples and new opportunities to invest in the mental health of our communities today and tomorrow.
PresentersDr. Karen McNeil-Miller , Colorado Health Foundation (Moderator) Teresa Rose Crook , Communities Foundation of Oklahoma Dr. Octavio Martinez , Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Dr. Madhukar Trivedi , UT Southwestern Medical Center