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Release Date: 08.07.2017 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: The Lee Thompson Young Foundation

Atlanta Daybook Nonprofit Spotlight | Lee Thompson Young Foundation

This week, Atlanta Daybook's Nonprofit Spotlight highlights an organization that envisions a world in which mental illness is recognized by all as a treatable, biopsychosocial disorder and the stigma associated with it no longer exists; a world that supports and encourages wholeness and well being at every stage of life.

The Lee Thompson Young Foundation is dedicated to erasing the stigma associated with mental illness, advancing holistic health treatments and improving the lives of all those impacted. Their organization disseminates information to the general public, supports research and sponsors youth programming that strengthens support systems and promotes well being.

Lee Thompson Young came from a long line of storytellers. Born in Columbia, South Carolina, he first picked up the family craft at the age of ten, when he would tell traditional folk tales of the Carolinas at local festivals and community events. Young’s passion for acting began not long after. At the age of ten, he took on his first role, portraying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Phyllis Wheatley Theater’s original play, A Night of Stars and Dreams. The experience of playing Dr. King was deeply transformative, and after that Young realized his ideal career would be that of a professional actor.

Lee  was known for his teenage role as the title character on the Disney Channel television series The Famous Jett Jackson (1998–2001) and as Chris Comer in the movie Friday Night Lights (2004). His last starring role was as Boston police detective Barry Frost on the TNT police drama series Rizzoli & Isles (2010–14).

Lee was an amazingly warm and kind man. But Lee was also suffering. He had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, for which he had been taking medication. On August 19, 2013, Lee committed suicide. Lee’s mother Velma, and his sister Tamu launched the Lee Thompson Young Foundation in an effort to help educate the public, and to help remove the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Today, the Lee Thompson Young Foundation continues to make a contribution to changing the story around mental health in schools, organizations and communities through there educational awareness and wellness programs. Find out more about those programs here: http://www.ltyfoundation.org/our-programs/.  

Approximately 1 in 5 American adults will have a mental health condition in any given year, but less than half of them will get treatment. You can be involved in the mission of the Lee Thompson Young Foundation by raising mental health awareness, thereby promoting acceptance and improving our society as a whole. Find out more about the ways to be involved by visiting The Lee Thompson Young Foundation: http://www.ltyfoundation.org/take-action/.

Contact Info

Contact Name: Tamu Lewis

Company: Lee Thompson Young Foundation

Phone: (678) 444-4566

E-mail: Tamu.Lewis@ltyfoundation.org