For our first board member blog post of the month, we’d like to introduce Tim Weber. Tim is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in trauma, and works within the orthopaedic group, OrthoIndy. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, and has helped JMF develop our run2gether program. Keep reading to learn why Tim supports JMF, and why he thinks others should too.
As Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week comes to a close, the Joseph Maley Foundation knows it is necessary to continue the conversation about mental health. With this knowledge, we look toward the future of mental health education in central Indiana, and sit down with JMF’s newest staff member, Allison Capella, for our last blog of the week. We speak with Allison about her goals for HOPE and why she believes that mental health education is still so incredibly important for our local youth.
The Joseph Maley Foundation’s HOPE Program continues to evolve to better help students, teachers, and our program partners begin the journey of mental health education in their community. In order to understand the program’s evolution and why certain changes were made, we sat down with JMF staff member Allison Boyll to talk with her about the past year, and where HOPE is now.
While the month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the week of May 5-11 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the state of mental health in our community ought to be a year-round concern. And yet, we are lacking as a country, and as a state. According to a 2018 study by Mental Health America (MHA), Indiana currently ranks 48th out of 51* in the Nation for mental health.
What exactly does that mean? It means that the people we drive past, walk by, and sit next to every day have a higher prevalence of mental illness with a lower rate of access to care than approximately 94% of the American population.
The Joseph Maley Foundation aims to serve children of ALL abilities, including those who experience mental illness, and over the past four years we developed, launched, and expanded our Health through Outreach, Personal Perspectives, and Engagement (HOPE) Program, which aims to combat the shocking statistics like the one above. The HOPE Program utilizes a multitude of components to teach students from pre-k through twelfth grade how to advocate for their own mental well-being, as well as that of their peers. During Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the Joseph Maley Foundation will be bringing you three different blogs, focusing on the experiences, goals, and accomplishments of three of our staff who impact HOPE.
Meet Paul Haut, Joseph Maley Foundation board member and COO of Riley Children’s Health. Paul is a Pediatric Oncologist and has served on the JMF Board of Director’s since it’s inception. Keep reading to find out why Paul gives his time and support to JMF, and why he thinks others should too!
We have an extra blog for you this week! Lindsey Hein, mother of four, passionate runner and host of the podcast “I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein”, was the 2018 Butterfly Tea keynote speaker. We asked Lindsey to share a bit about her experience as last year’s speaker, and why she supports the Joseph Maley Foundation. Keep reading to find out!
April is National Volunteer Month, and as the month winds down, the Joseph Maley Foundation would like to provide our audience with a full list of upcoming volunteer opportunities. Keep reading to learn more about the volunteer needs for each of our programs, as well as our upcoming events.
In continuing with our Board of Director’s themed blogs, we’d like to introduce Sue Peoni. Sue is a dedicated volunteer for the Joseph Maley Foundation, notably for our disABILITY Awareness Program, and was awarded JMF’s 2018 Crystal Butterfly award for her dedication and support of the Foundation. Keep reading to learn why Sue gives so much of her time to JMF, and why she thinks others should too!
Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? The Joseph Maley Foundation would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of our volunteers – whether they give hours or years of service, we are tremendously grateful for the work and passion that they put into helping serve children of ALL abilities. For this week’s blog post we’d like to introduce Hannah Wleklinski. A sophomore at Zionsville High School, and a Joseph Maley Junior Board member, Hannah has spent much of her free time volunteering with multiple nonprofits and organizations, including the Joseph Maley Foundation. Keep reading to learn why Hannah gives so much of her time to JMF, and why she thinks others should too.
We’d like to introduce Jordan Kyle, one of the Joseph Maley Foundation’s newest board members. As an avid distance runner, and an assistant volunteer coach for Butler’s Men’s and Women’s cross country and track teams, Jordan sits on JMF’s 2019 Run, Walk, Roll committee. Keep reading to learn how Jordan came to find the Joseph Maley Foundation, and what he’s looking forward to achieving as a board member in 2019.