Talking about mental health isn’t always easy. At Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, we keep an open dialogue with our kids about mental health, letting them know that just like being physically ill or injured – they sometimes require professional help. That is why we are so grateful for the individuals and organizations who help us provide the assistance our kids need.
One such organization is The Links, Incorporated. The Links are an international not-for-profit corporation, and one of the nation’s oldest volunteer service organizations. Consisting of nearly 15,000 women of color, the mission of The Links is to uphold a commitment to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.
In April of 2018, a relationship was born between the Chicago chapter of The Links and Mercy Home when they became a supporter of our Medical, Dental, Psychological and Wellness program. This program provides our kids resources like doctor visits, dentist visits and psychiatrist visits, in addition to the therapeutic care our on-site therapists provide.
Though the mission of the Chicago Links has always been to serve a multitude of needs, in 2015 the chapter turned its focus towards reducing the stigma surrounding mental health in the African American community.