As the discussion surrounding mental health in the black community continues, it seems as though more celebrities are advocating and using their platform to bring awareness to not only making mental health care resources readily available to those in need but to also normalize the conversation and inspire others to get help.
During a summit for his nonprofit organization, SocialWorks, Chance the Rapper announced that he pledges to donate $1 million to mental health services in Chicago.
“With the help of SocialWorks, we want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed by you,” he said.
SocialWorks has also announced a new initiative, My State of Mind, which aims to unify the broader mental health community and increase the access and visibility of services. As part of Chance’s pledge, six mental health initiatives will receive $100,000 grants.
If you keep up with Chance the Rapper, then you know he’s no stranger to giving back. In 2017, he donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools, describing the donation as a “call to action” to encourage other major Chicago companies to help the community. For the 2018 school year, SocialWorks and Chance teamed up with STATE Bags to donate 30,000 backpacks to children in Chicago. He along with STATE Bags founders Jacq and Scot Tatelman handed out backpacks filled with school supplies to local kids and their families.
“We admire the work we’ve seen by STATE and are proud to partner with them as we work towards enhancing education and conversation around funding formulas nationally,” Chance said.
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