In case you missed it, NBC gave its Nightly News “Making a Difference” series a celebrity spin last week and shined the spotlight on five celebrities who are currently heavily engaged in charity work:

  • Alicia Keys, for her work with Keep a Child Alive, the organization that provides life-saving medication, support and care to children and families in Africa that have been affected by AIDS.
  • Bon Jovi, for the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation (which “exists to combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair”) and his partnership with Help USA (a partnership that’s helping create homes).
  • Tim McGraw, for his and Faith Hill’s charity Neighbor’s Keeper, which “seeks to strengthen communities by contributing to diverse projects with primary emphasis on children’s initiatives.”
  • Glenn Close, for her work with the mental health advocacy organizations Foundation House and Bring Change 2 Mind.
  • Halle Berry, for her work with the Jenesse Center, which is a domestic violence program that offers shelter, training, legal services, health services, and counseling for women and their children.

Although Glenn Close and Halle Berry are the only two celebrities in that list helping out with organizations directly related to mental health and/or mental health services, that certainly doesn’t undermine the mental health and wellness help the others indirectly provide with their charity work.

Actually, “indirectly” might not be the best word to use.

Taking care of one’s mental health and wellness goes way beyond properly managing and treating mental illness with medication and/or therapy. Mental health and wellness are often related to overall health and wellness, so it’s pretty easy to imagine that the help Alicia Keys is providing people affected by AIDS, Bon Jovi is providing people affected by economic hardships, and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are providing to communities in need of children’s programs all assists in the overall health and wellness – and mental health and wellness – of the people.

You can check out the series online, and if you’re interested, be sure to check out each organization’s website to learn more and find out how you can help, too.