Our Signature Grantee: UNC Psychiatry Pediatric Behavior Clinic
While funding research continues to be our primary mission, The Foundation of Hope is taking steps to support effective treatment programs associated with mental illness, and in so doing, raise community awareness of mental illness. Our “signature grant” focuses exclusively on young people and their mental health.
The Foundation of Hope chose the UNC Psychiatry Pediatric Behavior Clinic (formerly Wake Pediatric Behavior Clinic) as our signature grant recipient because we have long applauded their unique, multi-fold approach to family health services. The clinic provides comprehensive direct mental health services to under-served children and families. They also provide a training program for mental health professionals.
Finally, the clinic offers psychiatric consultative services to the area’s mental health system, as well as hospital- and community-based providers for children with complex mental health problems.
Over the course of their grant tenure, Principal Investigators Karen Poulos, M.D. and Amy Ursano, M.D. will seek to expand their mental health services—including diagnostic evaluations, psychological testing, and psycho-educational consultation and assessment to children and families in North Carolina.
The UNC Psychiatry Pediatric Behavior Clinic recognizes the importance of family, school, and community, and aids each child’s full potential by addressing their emotional, physical, intellectual, cultural, and social needs. The weekly outpatient clinic provides care to over 100 children and their families; with Foundation funding, that number will only increase!
2016 Heroes for Hope
As a leader in our local and regional mental health initiatives, The Foundation of Hope is committed to funding several community organizations focused on mental illness in children, adolescents, women, and families. Each year we highlight several of these groups for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of our most vulnerable neighbors. In 2016, we honored:
HopeLine provides free, confidential phone and online counseling to North Carolina residents considering suicide. This year, the Foundation’s supporters (you!) helped HopeLine raise $8,000 for a teen text line, so that young people—for whom suicide is the second-leading cause of death—can receive help in a way that’s convenient and familiar. Those funds will also give HopeLine more resources to reach out to students across the state.
Vets to Vets United pairs rescued dogs with wounded military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, depression, or other mental illness. In 2016, we were able to raise the $10,000 needed to rescue and train four additional dogs to pair with four additional veterans. That’s eight lives changed. Eight lives saved. And it’s thanks to you.
<Also, thanks to The Select Group, who have just supported VtVU with $12,500, which will take five vets off the waiting list.>
Clark’s Promise offers free preventive mental health services to Raleigh’s homeless, a quarter of whom struggle with some form of mental illness. With help from the Foundation, in 2016 Clark’s Promise raised an additional $10,000 to help treat 30 more members of our community.