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Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation awards $2.12 million in grants to help soldiers heal from emotional wounds

October 19, 2011

NEW YORK — The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation today awarded grants to five community-based programs that help returning soldiers heal from the emotional wounds of war, including severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a press release.

Like its other global initiatives to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes, the Foundation''s Mental Health & Well-Being initiative leverages public and private sector partners in the community and outside the clinic to increase disease awareness, educate patients about effective self-management of their disease, reduce stigma and provide emotional support.

"War has both short-term and long-term consequences that can influence the emotional and physical health of returning veterans and their family members for many years to come, but the mental health resources available to soldiers and their families are disconnected and underutilized for a number of reasons," said John Damonti, president of Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and vice president of Corporate Philanthropy for Bristol-Myers Squibb.