November 13, 2015
The Association for Children’s Mental Health recently received funding from the Ethyl and James Flinn Foundation, a private foundation that is committed to improving the scope, quality and delivery of mental health services in Michigan. The Flinn Foundation was founded in 1976 by Ethel “Peggy” Flinn and her brother James “Jim” Flinn Jr. Jim Flinn Jr. who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his early 20’s, led a remarkable life until hid passing in 2007 at the age of 91. Since the foundation’s inception over 28 million dollars in grant funds have been awarded.
ACMH was awarded a $25,000 grant to help us to build upon the virtual community of the redesigned ACMH website which was created last year, also with support from the Flinn Foundation.The new grant dollars will help us to build upon that work by supporting us to improve our social media platforms and develop new and improved marketing, outreach and educational materials. Social media has proven to be an effective tool to increase public awareness, inform families of resources and opportunities, reduce stigma and help to create effective partnerships and collaborative efforts.
Funding will also be used to support the development of a public service announcement that will address the impact of stigma on children, youth, and families and to promote the importance of the voice of families and family run organizations.
For further information about this project, please contact ACMH at 517-372-4016.