Mental Health

Overview

The Lee Foundation is committed to supporting people, families and providers who are confronting serious mental illness.  We will do this by:

  • Raising community awareness of mental illness and serious mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Increasing public and private funding for mental health services
  • Community training on mental health issues
  • Supporting mental health providers with a preference for early diagnosis, mental health screenings and treatment programs

 

The Lee Foundation distinguishes mental health conditions from intellectual disabilities such as autism. We recognize the importance of these issues but consider them to be outside our programmatic focus.  We have adopted the definition of mental illness used by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):

 

A medical condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and borderline personality disorder.

 

For additional information on mental illness, visit:

Know the Warning Signs

Mental Health Screening Tools

National Alliance on Mental Illness

 

The Lee Foundation is not a direct provider of mental health services.  If you are in need of immediate assistance, call 911 or the 24 Hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.