Phoenix Mercury Partners with Mind 24-7 to Raise Awareness About Mental Health
The Phoenix Mercury announced today a new partnership with MIND 24-7, a company focused on changing the landscape of accessible mental health care by offering walk-in mental health services whenever patients need it, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
MIND 24-7 was founded in 2021 to help address the country's mental health care crisis. The average person in the U.S. has to wait four to six weeks to see a mental health provider, which can make a mental health issue worse.
"MIND 24-7 is making an incredible impact in the Valley by offering affordable and accessible mental health services. We're proud to partner with them to help remove the stigma around mental health," said Phoenix Mercury President Vince Kozar. "Mental health is just as important as an athlete's physical health and fitness, and this partnership demonstrates the Mercury's commitment to supporting our team, our staff and our community."
MIND 24-7 delivers accessible, evidence-based mental health care services for all. With four locations throughout the Valley, each MIND 24-7 location provides express care, crisis care and a "progressions" program that offers continued care to patients for up to 90 days in order to give patients the tools and skills to cope with future challenges. Since opening its first location in Phoenix, MIND 24-7 has helped more than 28,000 patients.
"People experiencing a mental health issue shouldn't have to wait days or weeks for help," said MIND 24-7 CEO Jeff Spight. "We should treat mental health needs as urgently as we do physical health needs, and we need to ensure that those seeking care know that it's ok to ask for help - and that they know where to find that help. At MIND 24-7, we believe a specially designed mental urgent health care clinic is a better option than a hospital emergent room. And it's our goal to give as many people as possible access to this level of specialized care."
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Mercury will celebrate the partnership with Mental Health Awareness Night on May 25 when the team takes on the Minnesota Lynx at Footprint Center. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at PhoenixMercury.com/Tickets.
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