The Irsay family kicks off Mental Health Awareness Month – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana weather

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — May is Mental Health Awareness Month and another opportunity for the Irsay family to continue their efforts to fight the stigma associated with mental illness.

“We want to reach as many people as possible and save lives, but we are fighters against it because as we always say with stigma, you know you are not alone. We’re right here. We want to do everything we can,” said Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay.

In partnership with Julien’s Auctions, Kurt Cobain’s family will be auctioning off the legendary guitar used in Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video. The Cobain family then plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Kicking the Stigma initiative.

Jim Irsay is excited to use his love of rock ‘n’ roll to reach another large audience outside of professional sports.

“This guitar is big and has so much to do with stigma. Because you know that people die when you have a mental illness. There are people all over the world now who live in darkness. These are deadly diseases,” Irsay said.

Kalen Jackson, vice chairman and owner of Colts, said: “We’re not going to stop anytime soon, and that’s why this has been such a beautiful combination with Mental Health Awareness Month in our work that we’re really using this month as a good foundation for that.” more in the right direction.”

The auction will take place in New York from May 20th to 22nd. Jim Irsay has already started bidding $2 million on the Fender Mustang electric guitar.

Closer to home, the Irsay’s have also launched the second round of their Kicking the Stigma Action Grants, which support nonprofits and organizations that provide mental health treatment services or raise awareness of mental illness. Funding applications are currently possible until June 3, 2022.

For more information visit Colts.com/KTS.

The Colts organization will also be participating in their second Mental Health Action Day on May 19, where they will participate in a service project with Find Your Anchor, a non-profit organization working in the areas of suicide prevention, awareness and education.

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