Mental health is an all-encompassing issue that affects one in six residents in the Tampa Bay area. Mental health does not discriminate, people from all walks of life, young and old alike are experiencing some form of mental health. Families or individuals are experiencing mental health issues but are reluctant to seek help because of the negative stigma associated with this disease.
Failure to seek help can lead to death, substance
abuse, alcohol addictions, domestic violence, depression, etc. To help combat this crisis, The Nursery Foundation is providing financial support and collaborating through partnerships with various organizations.
According to a survey released earlier this year by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the Tampa-St. Petersburg metropolitan area has the highest rate of homelessness in the country, with 57 homeless people for every 10,000 residents. There are roughly 16,000 homeless people in this area, with children making up about one-fifth of them.
According to Feeding Tampa Bay, one in six adults and one in four children in Tampa Bay are food insecure. That amounts to thousands of people who are unsure where their next meal will come from.
Homelessness and hunger affect more than one ZIP code. The highest meal gap or number of meals skipped annually, in Tampa Bay, according to the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, is in the 33647 ZIP code, at nearly 1.3 million.
There, the resources available to those in need of assistance are scarce.
Homelessness & Hunger
Helping Young Adults Transition Out of Foster Care
Even though most kids happily count down the days until they turn 18, that’s not the case for young adults transitioning out of the foster care system into adulthood.
These young adults find it extremely difficult to adjust to adulthood due to limited resources or no support system in place which contributes to limited opportunities resulting in alcoholism, drug addictions, and gang-related activities.
The Nursey Foundation partners with numerous organizations and professional individuals to provide career path workshops, resume writing, and mentoring services.
Mentoring helps youth to focus by taking advantage of the relationship between the mentors and the mentees. This trusted relationship extracts the best attributes of the mentee and steers the mentees into a successful career path that provides life-changing opportunities.
For any family, having a child who is seriously ill or suffers from a disability can be life-altering both emotionally and financially, and having the knowledge and support structure in place to make an informed decision about your child’s care, development, and wellbeing
can be difficult to find or even overwhelming.
The Nursey Foundation recognizes that stability and normalcy have new meaning for families affected by such unplanned journeys.
The recurring characteristics among parents and published literature are the feeling of hopelessness, confusion, and the lack of knowledge and support, which is why we have fostered partnerships among families, professionals and communities to help families cope emotionally by sharing their experiences or helping lift some of the financial burdens.