World Mental Health Day: How your dollars support mental health services in Palm Beach County
This year, the Town of Palm Beach United Way invested $208,000 in mental health programs.
Mental disorders are more common than heart disease and cancers combined. It is estimated that one in five individuals in our country suffers from a mental illness, yet more than 60 percent go without treatment. In Palm Beach County, one in four people has a mental illness. The National Institute of Mental Health states that by the time our children are 18 years old, 46 percent will have a mental health disorder. Florida ranks 49th in the nation in per capita spending for mental health services.
We believe support for children and adults experiencing problems due to life difficulties alleviates the need for more extensive services for serious mental illness.
Here is a list of agencies and programs we helped fund this year:
- Alpert Jewish Family and Children’s Service (www.jfcsonline.com)
- Mental Health Counseling – $28,000
- Mental Health First Aid – $20,000
- Intake and Referral – $10,000
- Bereavement – $10,000
- Catholic Charities Diocese of Palm Beach (www.catholiccharitiesdpb.org)
- Pahokee Counseling – $27,000
- Center for Child Counseling (www.centerforchildcounseling.org)
- Community Social Emotional Wellness – $15,000
- Child and Family Center – $20,000
- Families First of Palm Beach County (www.familiesfirstpbc.org)
- Kin Support Project – $27,000
- Healthy Families – $18,000
- Children’s Behavioral Health – $13,000
- Parent-Child Center: Community Partners (www.cp-cto.org)
- San Castle Community Center – $15,000
- Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County (www.mhapbc.org)
- Peer Place – $5,000
Thank you for supporting mental health programs and making a difference in the lives of so many Palm Beach County residents.