CLEARWATER, FL — With mental health complaints mounting due to the coronavirus pandemic, on Thursday the Pinellas Community Foundation awarded $2.6 million to nine Pinellas County nonprofits committed to providing programs to combat depression and anxiety.
According to the foundation, crisis and suicide-related have risen 47 percent in Pinellas County with more than 1,400 residents seeking help from a local coronavirus emotional support hotline. A disproportionate number of suicides and mental illnesses are impacting low-income and minority communities.
The grants from the Pinellas Community Foundation through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act will aid an estimated 5,500 people including first responders, youth and other Pinellas residents experiencing high levels of anxiety and depression.
Among the nonprofits receiving grants, Directions for Living was awarded $1.3 million for:
Mental health first aid training to empower the community to know what to do when a person is having a mental