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Indianapolis Colts owner donates $3 million for mental health studies

Dec 12, 2021, 8:15 AM
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay  on the field before the preseason game against the Cleveland Br...
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay on the field before the preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
(Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has donated $3 million to fund a new research institute at Indiana University.

The Irsay Family Research Institute will be located on the university’s main campus in Bloomington and will focus on mental health and the complications it can create with other illnesses.

It’s the the latest effort in Irsay’s campaign to raise mental health awareness. Two-time All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard also has played a key role in the effort.

“The stigma surrounding mental health is a matter of life and death, and we must do everything possible to lessen that stigma and remove this obstacle to people getting the help they need,” Irsay said in a statement. “Indiana University already has been one of the world’s leaders in studying mental health, and we’re so pleased this outstanding resource is in our home state so together we can advance this important conversation.”

The list of priorities includes providing direct support and development of research and researchers, and producing more graduates capable of working in the mental health industry.

In May, the Colts raised $4.5 million for grants and to fund institutions that provide mental health treatments.

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