World Mental Health Day October 10th
World Mental Health Day was first launched in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH). This year’s theme is: Mental Health for All.
The world is experiencing the unparalleled effects of the current global health emergency due to COVID-19 that has also impacted the mental health of millions of people. We know that anxiety, isolation, fear, social distancing and restrictions, uncertainty and emotional distress have become widespread as the world struggles to bring the virus under control.
In the US this has proved to be a difficult and divisive period in our history. As we struggle to find normalcy in our daily lives we can use World Mental Health Day to remember that simple acts of kindness can help heal ourselves and one another.
Here in DC, the people McClendon Center cares for are often the most undeserved. The majority of our clients live in Wards 7 and 8, a part of Washington that has long been underserved. Over 130,000 people live in these Wards with limited access to quality mental health care. Residents are predominantly low-income and African American, and experience higher rates of mental health problems compared with the rest of the District. As the city tries to find its way and stay afloat financially we cannot forget about our disadvantaged neighbors. At McClendon Center we have remained focused on our clients’ needs and remarkably (but perhaps not surprisingly – because we always find a way), we have increased our Day Program attendance by 10%- serving more clients than before COVID-19, all while facing more than a projected million dollar budget loss for the coming year.
We need your support.
In honor of our 40th year serving the District’s most vulnerable residents, we are asking our supporters to become monthly donors. A $40 monthly sustaining gift will allow us to continue to serve our current clients and serve new ones as the need continues to rise. By checking the “Make this contribution monthly” box on our donation page you will help sustain McClendon Center for another 40 years, and beyond.
Together we are stronger and together we can make a substantive difference – starting in our own communities. World Mental Health Day reminds us to raise awareness with a unifying voice to take action and to create lasting change.
Executive Director, McClendon Center