Multimedia entrepreneurial radio personality Charlamagne Tha God has announced the launch of the Mental Wealth Alliance (MWA).
The Mental Wealth Alliance is a forward-thinking foundation that has been created to destigmatize, accelerate, and center state-of-the-art mental health outreach and care across the U.S.
“My founding of the Mental Wealth Alliance is the manifestation of a deeply personal vision,” says Charlamagne in a written statement. “I believe improving Black mental health is a core tenet of restoring souls, igniting wealth, and inspiring upliftment for Black America.”
This groundbreaking effort is expected to raise $100 million over five years and will partner with various Black-led organizations and experts to activate Mental Wealth Alliance’s three major pillars:
- Train: prepare thousands of Black people to become research and clinical services providers in psychology, social work, and related fields through training and by establishing scholarship funds to provide training to increase the number of mental health care professionals from 4% to 14% to mirror the underserved population in need of culturally aligned mental health support.
- Teach: advocate for the implementation of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mental Health Literacy (MHL) in public K-12 education nationwide at federal, state, and local levels.
- Treat: support culturally competent organizations in providing free therapy to more than 10 million Black Americans within five years through the support of existing organizations and funding of the establishment of new organizations.
“A strange thing happens when you start to tell your story,” says Charlamagne. “It encourages other people to tell theirs, and slowly but surely the stigma around mental health in the Black community starts to dissipate because folks learn that it’s OK to not be OK and more importantly seek help for not being OK.
“It was never in my plans to become a mental health advocate, but after I started discussing my journey, writing about it in my second book, Shook One, talking about therapy, and sharing life experiences with listeners, a lot of people reached out to me. I want to be a part of providing that help. That’s why I created MWA.”
The Giving Back Fund will be providing the fiscal management of MWA. The Fund has provided world-class philanthropic consulting, management, and administrative services as one of the world’s leading organizations in the foundation operations and fiscal management space for the past 20 years.