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Alexandria, VA – Mental Health America (MHA) announced today the receipt of a $500,000 grant from the Brave of Heart Fund to provide much-needed support to address the emotional well-being of health care workers.

“MHA is thrilled to work on such an important project,” said Schroeder Stribling, president and CEO of Mental Health America. “Our health care workers have been under considerable strain and stress for decades; the COVID-19 pandemic pushed that stress to unsustainable levels. We need to support our health care workers now more than ever.”

As part of the initiative, MHA will work with affiliates in five states to pilot several culturally responsive, evidence-based projects that will serve health care workers and their families. Affiliates participating include the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS), Mental Health America of Los Angeles, Mental Health America of Greater Dallas, Mental Health America of Montana, and Mental Health America in Montgomery.

“The pandemic has had a devastating impact on an already existing health care crisis –  frontline health care workers confronted overwhelming challenges,” said Glenn Liebman, CEO of MHANYS. “MHANYS is excited about the opportunity to support the mental well-being of these workers and their families by extending the reach of the MHANYS CarePath Program. We believe our CarePath Coaches will be valuable resources in helping frontline health care workers and their families in need to heal and find hope as they move toward recovery. We thank the Brave of Heart Fund and Mental Health America for their vital support with this initiative.”

The Brave of Heart Fund was founded in May 2020 by the foundations of Cigna and New York Life and is administered by E4E Relief. It was established to provide charitable grants and emotional support services to families of frontline health care workers, volunteers, and support staff whose lives were lost in the fight against COVID-19. The Brave of Heart Fund continues to honor the hard work and sacrifice of health care workers and their families, via grants to nonprofit organizations working to address the long-term challenges they continue to experience.

"E4E Relief is honored to support the mental and emotional well-being of health care workers with MHA’s local affiliates," said Holly Welch Stubbing, president and CEO of E4E Relief, which helped establish and administer the Brave of Heart Fund. "We recognize their daily challenges and those that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, and hope these initiatives make a positive difference in their lives."


About Mental Health America

Mental Health America (MHA) is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all. MHA’s work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need them; with recovery as the goal. Learn more at