Good health is essential for excelling at work, home, and play. Defining good health means taking all aspects of life into account, from access to care and medication, to nutrition, to mental health. United Way has a long-term track record of partnering with agencies who respond to trauma, abuse, and other mental health needs. In the last year, that commitment has been more important than ever. As COVID-19 created mental health crises for many, our partners served a significantly greater number of clients with counseling, education, and crisis intervention. Together, we’re providing a safe and holistic path toward healing and hope for those recovering from crisis situations.
Through our Community Investment and Regional Investment grants, we improve the health of our neighbors. Our grants provide services such as:
- Mental health counseling to essential workers affected by COVID-19
- Support of prescription drug copays for people in need
- Food for seniors and families
- Medical screenings and access to medical care
- Support for children who have experienced traumas such as abuse or neglect.
Mental Health and Adverse Childhood Experiences
According to the CDC, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) such as abuse, neglect, or poverty can cause significant consequences into adult years. Not only do ACEs predict mental health challenges like depression, anxiety, and PTSD, they also lead to greater risk of physical health challenges like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. At United Way, we're supporting spaces for healing, and empowering people to thrive.