May is Mental Health Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to donate to charities that support those with mental illnesses. Millions of people struggle with one mental illness or another; in fact, mental health is one of the most neglected health issues in the developing world. It’s clear that mental illness has a large impact on a good portion of the world, yet with the negative stigma that surrounds this issue, many people refuse to speak about it, let alone get treatment. Nonprofit organizations exist to raise awareness of this issue and advocate against the social stigma surrounding mental illness discussion, but they need help.
Though it should take more than Mental Health Awareness Month or World Mental Health Day (October 10) to contribute to raising awareness for such an issue, doing so is vital no matter when you decide to help out. Here are some charities that are advocating for those with mental illnesses that you should donate to.
Former diplomat Sean Mayberry founded StrongMinds in 2013. The charity’s goal is to help treat African women who suffer from depression, focusing in particular on Uganda and Zambia. Its low-cost intervention is based on Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy, making its methodology scalable. The group has treated over 55,000 African women for depression, with 75% of them reporting to be depression-free after six months of treatment.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is a US-based organization that funds scientific research to find cures for mental illnesses. From addiction to schizophrenia, this group is looking to find a way to ease people’s suffering through a scientifically backed cure. It claims that 100% of the donations it receives goes toward research grants, as two family foundations cover the operating expenses for the group. The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation was awarded the Platinum Seal of Transparency by GuideStar, showing that the foundation publicly shares their progress and how they measure said progress.
Rethink Mental Illness
In the United Kingdom, journalist John Pringle wrote an article in the 1970s speaking about his son’s schizophrenia. Upon being contacted by hundreds of family members who live with those with a mental illness, Rethink Mental Illness was begun. It is a UK-based charity that provides services for those affected by mental illness and their caregivers. With a network of 140 peer support groups, this organization helped thousands of people live more independently through provided services such as housing and group activities for patients leaving a hospital.
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