Chance the Rapper is joining the conversation about mental health in a major way. During the second annual SocialWorks Summit on Thursday (Oct. 4), the rapper announced that he would be donating $1 million towards mental health services in Chicago in partnership with his non-profit organization.
“With the help of SocialWorks, we want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed by you,” Chance said before announcing his own pledge.
Additionally, a rep from SocialWorks revealed that the organization would be donating $100,000 to six different mental health facilities in Cook County, Chicago. The new initiative is reportedly called “My State of Mind,” which Chance said is a “new way to think about mental health.”
In addition to focusing on mental health, Chance said he and his organization will continue the effort to reform the Chicago Public Schools system. Last year, the rapper’s New Chance Fund oversaw donations and grants to several public schools in the city. Twenty more schools will receive $100,000 grants for the next three years, Chano announced.
In a time when mental health and drug addiction have taken the lives of many youth, this is a major contribution. Like Chance, other rappers including J. Cole, have extended a hand or ear to helping those who are struggling.
For more information, head over to the SocialWorks site here.
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