As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, mental health and addiction challenges have emerged as a major health crisis that will continue beyond the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine. Social distancing, anticipated cycles of stay-at-home orders, and business and school closures are producing widespread social isolation and economic distress. Frontline workers, children out of school, and families struggling financially are especially vulnerable, with Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities disproportionally affected. An epidemic of “deaths of despair” prior to COVID-19 is now accelerating with an estimated 75,000 additional lives anticipated to be lost from suicide, and drug or alcohol misuse.[i]

Against this context, individual donors and foundation funders are asking: How can I help?

Here you’ll find our team’s answers, building off recent efforts:

COVID-19 Pandemic: How Can I Help? and Health in Mind: A Philanthropic Guide for Mental Health and Addiction.

Read the full article about COVID-19 and mental health at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy.