Rihanna donates millions towards mental health

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Global superstar Rihanna and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey have joined forces to donate a huge sum of cash towards mental health services throughout the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The singer announced on Friday her Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) has teamed up with the social media giant to hand out a share of more than $15m (£12m) to organisations supporting income loss, food insecurity and mental health amidst the crisis.

The charities benefiting from the donation include the Trevor Project, Newark Emergency Services for Families, Greater Chicago Food Depository and Bright Star Community Outreach.

On Friday CLF tweeted: “As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the need for support in communities’ hardest hit remains dire. These funds are supporting communities of colour, low-income households, LGBTQ youth, at-risk students out of school and others amidst the reality that racial inequity on top of the pandemic is compounding this public health emergency.”

In a statement the foundation said: “In Newark, which has one of the highest Covid-19 infection rates in the country, senior citizens, low-income families and homeless individuals are facing impossible decisions everyday: whether to buy groceries or pay utility bills, risk eviction or risk crowded shelters.

“In Chicago, racial disparities are contributing to alarmingly disproportionate rates of infection and death among black and brown people. And throughout the US, mental health and suicide prevention support providers — particularly those serving children, at-risk students and LGBTQ youth — have seen a dramatic rise in demand for their services.

In April Rihanna and Jack Dorsey donated $4.2m (£3.4m) towards aid for domestic violence victims amid during the COVID-19 pandemic.