ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jabil is making a commitment to mental health by donating $1 million over the next five years to establish the Jabil Inc. Mind Body Branch Fund at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. The fund will enable the hospital to hire an education advocate that will work with families to help manage challenges that children with medical needs may face at school. The donation will also help the hospital create a video resource library, supplying parents, educators and health care providers with the latest mental health information from Johns Hopkins All Children's specialists.
"Addressing youth mental health, from Asperger's, autism and different spectrum disorders, self-esteem and social media issues, has been an area that has hit close to home for so many of our employees," said Mark Mondello, Jabil CEO. "We help employees whose children are dealing with brain tumors, mental health issues, intricate surgeries, cardio and renal issues. Johns Hopkins All Children's has always been there for Jabil, now it’s our turn to help this hospital.”
"We want to help educate both parents and the school system on mental health issues and medical diagnoses and what that means long term for the child, from a mental health perspective and from a quality of life perspective,” said Jennifer Katzenstein, Ph.D., director of psychology and neuropsychology at the hospital. "We can make a bigger difference together with Jabil by training more individuals in the community, holding community outreach events and having additional educational resources available 24/7 to become a touchpoint for parents and providers."
“Our purpose at Jabil is to ‘make a difference’ and our philanthropic and charitable efforts aim to do just that,” said Jabil Senior Vice President Beth Walters. “We are focused on giving back through education, empowerment and the environment. Our work with John Hopkins All Children’s certainly aligns with empowering people through education around mental health.“
Since 1985, Jabil, along with its employees, have donated more than $1 million and dedicated thousands of service hours to hospital initiatives. The company has made several previous gifts to the hospital, including a donation in 2016 to help diagnose and treat children with epilepsy.
Jabil (NYSE: JBL) is a product solutions company providing comprehensive design, manufacturing, supply chain and product management services. Operating from over 100 facilities in 29 countries, Jabil delivers innovative, integrated and tailored solutions to customers across a broad range of industries. For more information, visit jabil.com.
About Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation provides philanthropic support for the mission and vision of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and to ensure that charitable donations are stewarded directly toward the greatest needs of the hospital and its patients. Its sole function is to raise, steward and distribute donations to benefit Johns Hopkins All Children’s, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. As a non-profit organization, the Foundation works together with individuals, corporations, charitable trusts and other organizations who share its vision, that all children deserve the best pediatric care available. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is a leader in children’s health care, combining a legacy of compassionate care for children since 1926 with the innovation and experience of one of the world’s leading health care systems. The 259-bed teaching hospital, ranked as a U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital, stands at the forefront of discovery, leading innovative research to cure and prevent childhood diseases while training the next generation of pediatric experts. For more information, visit givetoallkids.org.