Mental health servies should be affordable and accessible to all. That is why I will be getting punched in the face for the Chicago Coalition to Save Our Mental Health Centers.
About the Charity
For over 25 years, the Coalition to Save Our Mental Health Centers has fought to maintain public mental health services in Chicago despite decades of budget cuts and city center closures. When it became clear that being a reactionary force to the city's actions was insufficient, the Coalition developed a revolutionary model to create new and sustainably funded mental health services. By putting binding referendums on the ballot, Chicago residents vote to raise their own property taxes by a nominal amount to fund new mental health centers. These centers, the first of which is The Kedzie Center (opened in 2014), provide services to any resident living within the area which that center serves regardless of the resident's immigration status or ability to pay for services. With three programs currently in existence, the Coalition has fostered a network that serves a population of approximately 400,000 Chicagoans; and with plans for two new areas by 2020, that population will jump to 650,000 and cover 1/3 of the area of the city geographically. For more information, visit the Coalition's website at www.saveourmentalhealth.org
I truly believe in their mission, the people running it, and what they've accomplished already. They focus on community and giving to those who are unable to normally access mental health services, and much like boxing has taught me: community is everything. Thank you!