Vikings Wide Receiver Starts Children’s Charity For Mental Health
Adam Thielen is great on the field. He makes some of the toughest catches look easy. But off the field he is just as great, someone should check to see if he is wearing a red cape and has an 'S' on his chest. Just this week Adam Thielen and his wife Caitlin started the Thielen Foundation.
The Thielen's plan to use their new foundation to shine a spotlight on one of the nation’s most elusive and problematic health crises, children's mental health. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 15 million U.S. children and young adults — or nearly one in five — have a mental, emotional or behavioral disorder. Of that group, an estimated 12 million aren’t receiving treatment.
The Thielen Foundation announced an initial $100,000 pledge to pediatric behavioral health at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. The foundation, which aims to help at-risk youth in the Twin Cities, will likely expand beyond its work at the hospital.