2017 FEATURED GRANTEES
Project HEAL is the largest non-profit in the US that raises funds for eating disorder treatment, promotes healthy body image and self-esteem, and inspires sufferers that full recovery from an eating disorder is possible.
We are excited to announce that we will be supporting Project HEAL as one of the inaugural funders of their new program: Communities of HEALing. This program will shift the paradigm of eating disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery by strengthening lower levels of care and building communities of support. Through this new initiative, Project HEAL will provide support through its 40 chapters throughout the US and internationally. These affordable programs will be led by recovery mentors, aiming to support eating disorder suffers in recovery, decrease relapse, increase awareness and early intervention, and reduce eating disorder related symptoms and behaviors.
We look forward to working with Project HEAL in 2017 and seeing the tremendous impact their work has on the eating disorder and mental health community. Please save the date for the Project HEAL Keys to Recovery Gala and VIP dinner, sponsored by the Bruce C. Abrams Foundation, in New York City on May 16, 2017 at City Winery.
2016 FEATURED GRANTEES
THE Jed Foundation (JED)
We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with JED, which focuses on the emotional health of teens and young adults across the country, to shed light on and promote mental health in the transition from college to the workplace. This transition can often be one of high-risk, as students may experience certain stressors associated with change and emotional/developmental challenges. These stressors can lead to mental health problems, such as depression, or cause students who have a history of depression to relapse. This is noteworthy, as according to the World Health Organization’s findings, depression in the workplace has a direct impact on productivity and health care costs.
Through JED'S research, a framework will be developed which will include a set of recommended practices and considerations for how colleges can best prepare students for the transition out of college. The resources developed by this project will be distributed to colleges and used to prepare graduating seniors to enter the working world set up for a healthy transition. In addition, employers will benefit from the findings of this study, as it will provide guidance to develop effective strategies for support in the onboarding process of recent graduates.
The University of Michigan Depression Center
We are collaborating with the Depression Center at the University of Michigan to create a model workplace mental health program. Workplace mental health is something that is extremely important to us and close to our heart. While it has been 17 years since Bruce Abrams passed away, there is still, and more than ever, a national problem of stress, anxiety, depression, and suicide in the workplace. Our hope is that this project will help many businesses and their employees struggling with treatable mood disorders.
In addition to our workplace mental health program, we are working with the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund at the University of Michigan’s Depression Center to create three videos, which will promote research the fund is conducting, as well as educate the public about bipolar disorder.
Indego Africa is a nonprofit organization that helps artisan women and youth in Rwanda break cycles of poverty through economic empowerment and education. The organization partners with over 900 artisans in Rwanda to design and sell products that they make by hand, providing them with fair, steady income for their work. In addition, they run business, entrepreneurship, and leadership training programs for the artisans.
The majority of Indego Africa’s artisan partners are survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Many have lost family members, witnessed or experienced extreme violence, and survived rape. As a result, many suffer from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other psychological traumas. Indego Africa has already been a very positive influence on the mental health and wellness of their artisan partners. We are working together to take this a step further.
Our partnership with Indego Africa will provide mental health education for women and youth in Rwanda by conducting a mental health assessment and developing workshops and curriculum to address their needs. This project will allow the organization to address the mental health needs of women and youth in Rwanda directly for the first time. We look forward to the work Indego Africa will be doing in 2017 and will continue to share program updates on our website throughout the year.
Articles that highlight Indego Africa’s work through a mental health lens:
Remembering the Genocide
Three Women Who Survived Rwanda's Genocide Share Their Stories of Hope and Transformation