WELLESLEY, Mass., October 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sun Life has expanded its philanthropic support to help expand access to mental health services for underserved and at-risk communities. Recognizing the impact of mental wellness on overall health, Sun Life is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Wellness (NAMI) and the Black Mental Health Alliance for Education & Consultation, Inc. (BMHA) to support programs that provide mental health and wellness services to communities that typically have limited access.
“Mental health is part of overall health, and everyone should have access to care, regardless of income level or where they live,” said Dan FishbeinMD, President of Sun Life US “Mental well-being can have a substantial impact on a person’s ability to stay healthy, to work and to take care of their family and themselves. We are happy to be able to support these two organizations who are doing great work connecting mental and physical health and bringing services, education and support programs to communities in need across the country.”
Black Mental Health Alliance provides educational forums, referral services, and training that support the health and well-being of Black and vulnerable communities. BMHA engages clinicians, community health groups, individuals and families to connect people with care providers, improve mental health outcomes and address issues important to the Black community, including trauma history and race, mental health stigma and social prejudices to health. Sun Life will support two programs with the BMHA: the Community rap sessions program, a healing-focused initiative that will increase access to mental health treatment, educate about the disorders and seek to reduce stigma; and Generation now: my mind is an art, a short-term summer program providing education, life and coping skills, and workforce development opportunities for Baltimore– youth of the region.
“This critical support from Sun Life will help the Black Mental Health Alliance continue to address the trauma experienced by the Black community, particularly the adolescent and young adult population,” said Andrea Brown, Executive Director, BMHA. “Most importantly, it supports a broader movement that includes healing and well-being for the Black community and other underserved communities, using Africa-centered engagement and healing practices through trainings and circles, which are essential for the communities we serve. Sun Life’s generosity helps us expand our reach, train community members, partners and stakeholders, and increase awareness of mental health and healing in the Black community.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness works to educate, support, advocate, listen and lead, to improve the lives of people with mental illness and their loved ones. NAMI is made up of more than 650 state affiliates and organizations in local communities across the country, which provide support that was previously unavailable to those in need. Recognizing the growing correlation between mental and physical health, Sun Life is partnering with NAMI to help relaunch its Hearts + Minds initiative, which provides training and resources to help people with mental illness manage their physical health. The program will address the immediate and long-term needs of people with serious mental illness, including those with limited access to wellness resources.
“Historically, underserved and underrepresented communities have had less access to quality and affordable mental health care, which has impacted their ability to get help early and get the best possible care,” said declared Jessica Edwards, Director of Development, NAMI. “NAMI has dramatically increased our efforts to reach more people with our free local support groups and education programs. We also advocate for everybody to get the help they need, when and where they need it. We are grateful to partners like Sun Life who share this commitment and dedication. »
Sun Life’s philanthropic strategy has focused on the causes of diabetes for 10 years, with an increasing focus on expanding access to health services. Understanding the close correlation between mental and physical health and recognizing that health inequities are also prevalent for mental health services, Sun Life engaged NAMI and BMHA to support their programs. Supporting mental and behavioral health as a primary and secondary condition is also a key part of Sun Life’s disability recovery and return to work strategy.
To learn more about Sun Life’s philanthropic and community support efforts, including support for underserved and at-risk communities, visit www.sunlife.com/us/en/about/our-community-involvement/.
To learn more about Sun Life’s resources for developing a workplace mental wellness strategy, visit www.sunlife.com/mentalwellness.
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In United States, Sun Life is one of the largest group insurance providers, serving more than 55,000 employers in small, medium and large businesses across the country. Sun Life’s broad portfolio of insurance products and services in the United States includes disability, absence management, life insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, voluntary and medical stop loss. Sun Life and its affiliates in the US asset management businesses employ approximately 8,000 people. Group insurance policies are issued by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada (Wellesley Hills, Mass.), except in New Yorkwhere policies are issued by Sun Life and Health Insurance Company (USA) (Lansing, Mich.). For more information, please visit www.sunlife.com/us.
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