Chance the Rapper says he’s donating $1 million to help improve mental health services in Chicago.
The Chicago native made the announcement Thursday during a summit for his nonprofit organization SocialWorks.
Six mental health providers in Cook County will each get $100,000 grants and SocialWorks is starting an initiative called “My State of Mind” to help connect people with treatment. Members of the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Chicago Department of Public Health were on hand for the announcement.
“With the help of SocialWorks, we want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed by you,” he told those in attendance at the second annual event. The nonprofit organization also announced the launch of My State of Mind, which will focus on catering to the enrichment of mental health services, specifically in the Cook County, Ill., area. As part of Chance’s pledge, six mental health initiatives will be receiving a $100,000 grant to assist in aiding their contributions to society.
SocialWorks has also put on 33 OpenMike events to date in Chicago, providing a safe haven of sorts for students to thrive in their creative aspirations. The Chicago-bred rapper isn’t afraid to bring some of his famous friends to a random OpenMike night too, with Childish Gambino and Good Ass Job collaborator Kanye West popping up on separate occasions.
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) October 4, 2018