With a keen understanding of the urgency and impact of wellness for children, a key area of focus has been mental health. We are not alone in our commitment to children and mental health, which has been formative in many new partnerships.
We actively work with key partners to understand, discuss and bring awareness to the growing need and concerns about the stigma surrounding mental illness. We continue to bring our partners in education, healthcare, research and community together to further the discussion with a path of action that removes fear and starts the conversation.
The Children's Foundation uses our collective strength to give children the voice and the support they need. Over the past three years, we have granted more than $2 Million dollars toward mental health & research programs.
With support from The Children's Foundation, Michigan Radio collaborated with a local high school to create a first of its kind podcast hosted by teens about teens called Kids These Days. Students developed and reported a podcast in the classroom learning key principles of journalism, while simultaneously giving a voice to their generation about important topics they are thinking about, laughing about, or stressing about. The series of nine episodes ranges from themes of race, sex and identity, and cell phones.