Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Convenes Nine Cities, 46 College Campuses and More To Announce Mental Health Partnership

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Mayor Scott Fadness of Fishers; Mayor John Ditslear of Noblesville; Jennifer Pope Baker, executive director of Women’s Fund; Mayor Joe Hogstett of Indianapolis; Mayor Andy Cook of Westfield

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Central Indiana Community Foundation

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Sarah Howard

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Central Indiana Community Foundation

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Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Convenes Nine Cities, 46 College Campuses and More To Announce Mental Health Partnership

INDIANAPOLIS (May 31, 2017)—This morning at a press event on Monument Circle, Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, a special interest fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, announced that it has convened community partners to join the national Campaign to Change Direction on mental health. Nine cities, 46 college campuses, plus hospitals, health departments, chambers, foundations and businesses have pledged to advocate for open, honest conversation about mental health in Central Indiana.

In 2015, more Hoosiers died by suicide than by car accidents. And according to Mental Health America, in Indiana, 20 percent of Hoosier adults live with mental illness and 12 percent of youth have had at least one depressive episode in the past year.

“We also know that depression is twice as common in women as men,” said Jennifer Pope Baker, executive director of Women’s Fund. “By removing barriers to good mental health for the Central Indiana community, we are fulfilling our mission to create more options and opportunities for women and girls, as well as their families.”

Central Indiana Campaign to Change Direction partners include the nine cities of Indianapolis, Carmel, Crawfordsville, Fishers, Greenfield, Noblesville, Shelbyville, Westfield and Zionsville; local universities, including Butler University, DePauw University, Indiana University, IUPUI, Ivy Tech, Marian University, Martin University, Purdue University and University of Indianapolis; Central Indiana Community Foundation and its affiliates, The Indianapolis Foundation and Legacy Fund; Indy Public Safety Foundation; Indiana Family and Social Services Administration; the Division of Mental Health and Addiction; Marion County Public Health Department; Community Health Network, Eskenazi Health and Riverview Health; Eli Lilly and Company; and the Alpha Mu Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a historically black sorority and the second largest professional women’s association in the Indianapolis.

As a first step in the campaign, partners will work to help ensure that every Central Indiana resident knows how to recognize…

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