Happy Holidays from PRMS
As part of PRMS’ ongoing commitment to support mental healthcare and in the spirit of the season of giving, we are pleased to announce our annual holiday support of three organizations working to improve mental health and wellbeing in communities across the country this month – Child Mind Institute, Give an Hour, and World Central Kitchen. Each recognizes the unique challenges faced by different members of society, from children to veterans to those affected by COVID-19 and natural disaster, and we are proud to highlight their missions this holiday season of giving.
Child Mind Institute
Nearly 1 in 5 children struggle from mental health or learning challenges, and around 70% of counties in the United States do not have a child and adolescent psychiatrist, according to the Child Mind Institute website. The Child Mind Institute recognizes the need for compassionate, personalized and evidence-based care among young people and is dedicated to advancing child and adolescent mental health, combatting the challenges that stigma, misinformation, and lack of access to care, create for children and their families through public education, research, clinical centers in San Francisco and New York City, and telemedicine support in certain states. Since its founding more than a decade ago, the organization has helped more than 11,800 children receive clinical care and has educated millions of families, all while leading a revolutionary approach to the science of the developing brain through its Scientific Research Council, an advisory team of the country’s top leaders from various academic institutions. To support and learn more about Child Mind Institute, visit www.childmind.org.
Give an Hour
Harnessing the skills and expertise of a national network of volunteers, Give an Hour provides no-cost mental health support to at-risk populations and individuals facing challenges, including trauma during and after military service and natural and man-made disasters. As its website states, the organization works to address three main pillars - barriers that prevent access to care, cultural change, and mental health literacy - to give those in need the best chance of receiving the support they deserve. Locally, Give an Hour has partnered with the District of Columbia’s Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants to launch a new initiative, Enhancing the District’s Response to Trauma (EDRT), to provide free and confidential trauma-specific mental health services to individuals and families in DC. Visit www.giveanhour.org to learn more and support the organization.
World Central Kitchen
Renowned chef, José Andrés, created World Central Kitchen (WCK) in 2010 to use food as a means of empowering communities and strengthening economies. Since then, chef Andrés has grown the organization to do so in the wake of crisis and disaster, providing a warm plate of food to individuals in need everywhere from Puerto Rico to Australia to Lebanon, as described on WCK’s website. In 2020 in the midst of COVID-19, World Central Kitchen provided meals across the U.S. and the world to meet the daily needs of families in need and supported local restaurants forced to temporarily close due by employing workers and utilizing vacant kitchens. WCK also invests in the communities it supports through its Food Producer Network, helping to create food resilience for future disasters, and chef training in various countries to create career paths and boost tourism. Find out more about World Central Kitchen and support its efforts by visiting www.wck.org.
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