Colts and Irsay Family Honor Stigma and Mental Health in Monday Night Football Game Against Pittsburgh Steelers

Colts and Irsay Family Honor Stigma and Mental Health in Monday Night Football Game Against Pittsburgh Steelers

The Colts and Irsay family are using the team’s first Monday night home game since 2015 to shine a light on mental health through Kicking The Stigma, which to date has committed more than $17 million to awareness, initiatives and mental health research in Indiana and nationally.

Colts players and coaches will wear special Kicking The Stigma t-shirts during pre-game warm-ups, which fans can purchase online and at the Colts Pro Store. Fans can also get a Kicking The Stigma beanie by contributing to Kicking The Stigma, which you can do by clicking here.

And throughout the team’s Monday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, fans will learn about mental health awareness and what they can do to help and contribute to the effort.

“Our hope is that people will see this and join us, because it’s too important a topic to be the only one to talk about,” Colts vice president/owner Kalen Jackson said in a recent edit. from the official Colts podcast.

Jackson said she hopes fans attending the game or watching it at home will share Kicking The Stigma’s messages on social media and use it as a springboard to discuss mental health with friends and family. , and to discover ways to help advance mental health awareness, research and treatment. forward.

“My dad always talks, if somebody has cancer, you don’t judge them for having cancer,” Jackson said. “It’s not their fault. And there’s no difference here. These are illnesses and diseases that are no one’s fault. And I always say, if anyone’s listening, remember that it’s not your fault, and that we see you and we know it. I think the conversation is changing. We still have a lot of work to do, but I think we’re definitely moving in the right direction .

On Monday, Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay and his family announced $1.4 million in Kicking The Stigma action grants to mental health-focused organizations and nonprofits, primarily in the ‘Indiana. Nonprofit organizations and organizations that receive grants:

A Kid Again – Indiana Chapter. A Kid Again’s mission is to bring hope, happiness and healing to families raising children with life-threatening illnesses. The grant will support her Holiday Balance Box, which provides mental health support to families raising children with life-threatening illnesses.

Agape (Indianapolis) Therapeutic Riding Resources. Agape’s mission is to cultivate personal growth by empowering mind, body, and spirit through unique horse-assisted experiences. The grant will support his Beyond the Barn program, which addresses mental health through equine therapy and other equestrian activities.

American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA) (statewide). Because physician assistants are often the first points of contact for patients in primary care and other practices, the grants funded training in Mental Health First Aid©, which teaches trainees how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses. A cohort of Indiana Physician Assistants received this initial training at Colts headquarters in Indianapolis and will continue to train at least 2,000 more in Indiana.

Ascension St. Vincent Hospital (Indianapolis). The grant will support the hospital system’s Question-Persuade-Refer Outreach, which trains participants to be able to recognize the warning signs of suicidal thought, behavior, attempts, and to “question, persuade, and refer” those at risk. risk to get help.

Brightlane Learning (formerly School on Wheels) (Indianapolis). Brightlane’s mission is to transform the lives of students impacted by homelessness with personalized tutoring and academic support. The grant will support training in social-emotional learning and trauma-informed care for Brightline volunteers.

Brooke Square (Indianapolis). Brooke’s Place offers support groups, therapy services and community education to enable children, youth and their families to thrive in the midst of bereavement. The grant will support his Youth Grief Gap Access (Y-Gap) project, a program centered on peer support groups and individual therapy.

Carmel (Ind.) Educational Foundation. The grant will support the Carmel Schools Rise & Grow Fund, which provides mental health services to Carmel students in need to help prepare them for positive outcomes in all areas of their lives.

Courageous Healing (Fort Wayne). Courageous Healing’s mission is to restore, strengthen and facilitate healing through culture-centered mental health services and supports. The grant will support programs for uninsured, underinsured, and low-income Hoosiers, with an intentional focus on targeting minority populations in northeast Indiana.

Greenwood (Ind.) Educational Foundation (FEM). During the COVID-19 pandemic, it became apparent that students could not reach their full academic potential if their physical, mental, emotional, and social needs had not been met. The grant will fund the WEF Youth and Family Assistance Program, which was created to help make food, clothing, and mental health resources affordable and accessible for youth and families in Greenwood schools.

Southeast Hamilton Education Foundation (Fishermen).The grant will support the foundation’s Project HOPE fund, which provides students in need with access to school-based mental health services.

Indiana HVAF (statewide). HVAF houses, supports and advocates for veterans and their families to achieve a better quality of life and serves homeless veterans and those at risk of homelessness. The grant will support HVAF’s therapy program, which provides intensive therapy services through a full-time licensed mental health clinician and two full-time peer mentors.

Indiana University Southeastern School of Nursing (New Albany). The grant will fund mental health first aid training for nursing students at the school.

Indiana Youth Group (IYG) (statewide). IYG creates safer spaces to foster community and provides programs that strengthen and amplify the voices of LGBTQ+ youth. The grant will support Help Us Grow Stronger, the IYG’s mental health counseling program.

Mental Health America (MHA) of Indiana (statewide). Indiana MHA appreciates the need to work collaboratively with a variety of organizations that can help benefit the communities they serve by promoting prevention for all, early identification, intervention for people at risk, integrated health and behavioral health care for those in need and recovery as a goal.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Indianapolis. NAMI Greater Indianapolis is a community-based organization of families, friends, and consumers that works with NAMI Indiana and NAMI National to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy. Rights.

Noblesville (Ind.) Schools Education Foundation. The purpose of the Noblesville Schools Education Foundation is to promote and invest in Noblesville schools through grants, scholarships, strategic partnerships, and volunteer support. The grant will fund mental health support services for students and staff at Noblesville schools.

Postpartum Support International Indiana (PSI-IN). PSI-IN promotes awareness, prevention, and treatment of reproductive mental health issues throughout Indiana. The grant will support his statewide high-risk training initiative for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Healthy Minds Project (National). Project Healthy Minds is a millennial-led organization that develops anti-stigma campaigns that change attitudes, technology that makes it easier and faster to seek help, and programs and partnerships that expand access to care. -stop digital referral platform to increase access to care and design a cross-platform anti-stigma campaign featuring culture makers and influencers.

Public Advocates in Community Re-Entry (Indianapolis). Its mission is to provide a variety of services to incarcerated and previously incarcerated individuals and their families to lead productive and responsible lives in their community. The grants will fund peer-certified recovery coaches who bring lived experience of substance use disorders and recovery, combined with professional training, to help others on their recovery journey.

Riley Children’s Foundation (statewide). The grant will fund the Riley Indiana Youth Behavioral Access Program (Be Happy), which aims to improve Hoosier families’ access to best practices in pediatric behavioral health care statewide by supporting healthcare providers in their local communities with advice from psychiatric specialists.

Step Up (Indianapolis). Step-Up provides comprehensive HIV care and wellness resources with dignity and inclusion. The grant will support its reintegration program, which provides holistic supports such as mental health and addictions counselling, transportation, housing and employment resources, and ongoing support to those involved in the rehabilitation system. criminal justice.

The Milk Bank (statewide). The milk bank promotes community health by expanding the safe use of breast milk for all babies, especially premature and sick infants. The grant will support her Mind Body Spirit Group facilitation, an evidence-based program for healing psychological trauma and stress on a population scale.

Tindley Accelerated Schools (Indianapolis). The grant will support a “Reset Room” as part of the Indianapolis Charter School System’s Enhanced Behavioral Health Services.

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