Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay to add free mental health services

Children react as Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones makes a surprise visit to the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay in September 2021. The club received $100,000 in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to provide mental health care for children and families.

GREEN BAY — Brown County has awarded the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay a $100,000 grant to establish a new mental health counselor position, which will provide youth and families with additional therapy options.

Unlike many other avenues of therapy, this one is free.

This isn’t the first time the Green Bay club has prioritized mental health in its community mission. It was one of the first Boys & Girls Clubs in the United States to incorporate a social and emotional learning department in 2017, said department director Brooke Unrath.

“Accessibility (for mental health) is always an issue, and we try to help by having a resource in the clubhouse for kids who are already there,” Unrath said. “That way, parents don’t have to take time off work to care for their children.”

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