The Need

Brain health affects everyone. Almost all of us know a person or family member who has been weighed down by mental health or addiction issues. Many of us have personal struggles. A recent article in Scientific American magazine reported that more than 80% of us will develop a diagnosable mental illness at some point in our lives. Put another way, we are more likely to experience a “bout” of mental illness than any other chronic health condition.

According to the National Institute on Mental Health, 1 in 4 people have a mental health disorder. In Palm Beach County, that translates to approximately 330,000 people.

In Palm Beach County, brain disorders – including substance use disorder – are claiming thousands of lives each year. Lack of resources and support for mental health conditions has claimed the top spot of Palm Beach County’s greatest unmet health needs for several years in a row.

In Palm Beach County:

  • 600 opioid overdose deaths in 2017
  • 4,012 calls to 2-1-1 due to loneliness and isolation
  • 49th ranked in funding for behavioral health (Florida)
  • 27% of high school students reported sadness and hopelessness that was strong enough to interrupt normal, day-to-day activities
  • 25% increase in suicides since 2008

Now is the time to shine a spotlight on this important health issue.

The foundation has launched the Brain Health Innovation Fund, which will strengthen the local bonds between scientific research, community ties, and quality care to transform brain health right here in our own backyard. 

Meet Palm Health Foundation’s Brain Health Advisory Council

About Palm Health Foundation

Palm Health Foundation is Palm Beach County’s community foundation for health. With the support of donors and a focus on results, the foundation builds strong community partnerships, respects diverse opinions, advocates for its most vulnerable neighbors and inspires innovative solutions to lead change for better health now and for generations to come. The foundation supports health equity for Palm Beach County residents of all backgrounds, heritage, education, income and states of well-being. Palm Health Foundation has invested more than $83 million in Palm Beach County health since 2001. For more information about Palm Health Foundation, visit or call (561) 833-6333.