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Chance the Rapper is giving $1 million to boost mental health services in Chicago

Key Points
  • Chance the Rapper says he's donating $1 million to help improve mental health services in Chicago.
  • The Chicago native made the announcement during a summit for his nonprofit organization SocialWorks, saying those involved "want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed."
  • Six mental health providers in Cook County will each get $100,000 grants and SocialWorks is starting an initiative called "My State of Mind" to help connect people with treatment.
Chance the Rapper holds a press conference at Westcott Elementary School in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood on March 6, 2017. 
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Chance the Rapper says he's donating $1 million to help improve mental health services in Chicago.

The Chicago native during a summit for his nonprofit organization SocialWorks, saying those involved "want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed."

Six mental health providers in Cook County will each get $100,000 grants and SocialWorks is starting an initiative called "My State of Mind" to help connect people with treatment. Members of the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Chicago Department of Public Health were on hand for the announcement.

Also Thursday, the rapper whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, announced plans to give money to 20 additional Chicago Public Schools. His nonprofit has given millions to Chicago schools in recent years .

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Key Points
  • The amount of money companies spend on the mental health of their employees has been rising rapidly.
  • Employers plan to make mental health one of their top priorities in coming years, a new Willis Towers Watson survey finds.
  • People with mental health conditions make six times as many emergency room visits as the overall population.