Mental health has been a long-standing challenge in our local community. According to the CDC, problems with mental health are very common, with an estimated 50% of all Americans diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime. Approximately half of people struggling with their mental health do not seek help, and this number is even higher among people of color.
For many, COVID-19 resulted in job loss, sickness or death of a loved one, disrupted routines, financial challenges, and loneliness which in combination had a negative impact on people’s mental health. More specifically, research shows that younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers, and unpaid adult caregivers reported experiencing worse mental health outcomes, increased substance use, and elevated suicidal ideation since the start of COVID-19.
In response to this growing need in our community, International Gospel Fellowship will be offering a series of mental health workshops for their church and the Greater Hartford community. Urban Alliance is able to support these workshops with consultation, grant support, printed mental health resources and donated supplies. These workshops provide a valuable resource that will offer information, skills and connections to community programming that can help people who are struggling.
“We were recently awarded a grant from Urban Alliance to support our series of workshops addressing mental health needs. These workshops will be taking place the 2nd Saturday morning of each month. We were grateful to receive support from Urban Alliance for this important workshop series.”
- Pastor Esther Mwangi
Stay tuned for more information about dates and topics!