Governor Ducey Announces $550,000 From AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund To Support Mental Health Organizations
PHOENIX, AZ (STL.News) Governor Doug Ducey announced $550,000 from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund has been allocated to 13 organizations in Arizona that offer mental health support services for adults and children.
As vaccinations increase across the country and more activities return to normal, experts warn that people may continue to suffer negative mental health effects as a result of the pandemic. The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that more than half of Americans say that COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their mental health.
“Even before the pandemic, we have been working diligently to address issues such as isolation and disconnection, especially among our young people,” said Governor Ducey. “COVID-19 has made that effort more urgent. These dollars will bolster the efforts of more than a dozen organizations around the state working to provide mental health support to those in need. As we move forward, we must make sure we are supporting the whole health of all our state’s citizens.”
“Text messages to our suicide prevention hotline for teens increased over 450% during the pandemic,” said Michelle Moorhead, Executive Director, Teen Lifeline.