Chance the Rapper pledges to donate $1 million to mental health services in Chicago

The Chicago native also plans to donate money to 20 more Chicago public schools, taking action against the mental health stigma

Chicago native, Chance the Rapper whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, pledges to donate $1 million to mental health services in Chicago as well as 20 more public schools. During the second annual SocialWorks summit, a non-profit created by the rapper, he announced the organization “wants to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed.”

As the conversation around mental health starts to make progressive headway, more public figures are finding ways to facilitate discussion and spark action. SocialWorks plans to launch the “My State of Mind” initiative which seeks to connect with the proper treatment. Along with the initiative, six mental health providers in Cook County will receive $100,000 grants. Bennett has previously donated millions to public schools around Chicago, as well as being more transparent with his battles with mental health.

Gun violence, a popular topic associated with the city of Chicago, is linked to high numbers of depression, anxiety, PTSD and behavioral health issues. The city has seen the closure of more than five mental health clinics as well as state budget cuts nearing $113 million for mental health services. Recognizing the dire need for assistance when it comes to mental health and wellness, we applaud Chance and other public figures for stepping up and staying active.



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