(DALLAS, TX); September 6, 2021 – Mental Health America of Greater Dallas (MHA-Greater Dallas) is the grateful recipient of a $12,000 award from the 2021 National Football League (NFL) Draft-a-Thon. The NFL’s fundraiser focused on four key COVID-19 Pandemic-related issues health disparities, the digital divide, food insecurity, and mental health.
The NFL Draft-a-Thon award will support MHA-Greater Dallas’s work to connect individuals from communities of color with mental health resources and further its diversity and inclusion efforts in the communities it serves.
"We are extremely honored for the NFL’s recognition of our work done here in North Texas," said Bonnie Cook, Executive Director, MHA-Greater Dallas. She continued, "We are determined to continue building trust with communities of color to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health."
During 2020’s social unrest, MHA-Greater Dallas’s Coalition on Mental Illness formed the Mental Health Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce whose membership of North Texas-based organizations, agencies, and advocates meet monthly. The Taskforce is charged to create a Community Solutions Report to eliminate racism and its impact on mental health. The Taskforce plans to release its report by the end of 2021.
To learn more about the Coalition and the Mental Health Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce or to donate to Mental Health America of Greater Dallas, visit MHA-Greater Dallas/Coalition on Mental Illness.