Cobb Collaborative Gets $100K to Expand Mental Health Initiative

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by Wendy Parker

Cobb Collaborative, a local partner of the Georgia Family Connection Partnership that provides support, training and organizational development services to Cobb County nonprofits and affiliated agencies, is pleased to announce the expansion of its Mind Your Mind mental health initiative, after receiving a $100,000 grant from Resilient Georgia. The initiative helps to raise awareness, promote resiliency and reduce stigma around mental health issues, particularly in light of the burdens created by COVID-19 as it continues to impact children and families.

“We are honored to be awarded this grant to support the vital trauma-informed training, resources and programming to expand our Mind Your Mind initiative that launched in late 2019,” said Irene Barton, Cobb Collaborative Executive Director. “Mental illness affects 1 in 5 Americans, and yet so many individuals are hesitant to get help or are unaware of available resources. Now more than ever, it is critical to connect our community with knowledge and resources to help improve positive outcomes for Cobb county children and families,” she continued.

The two-year Trauma-Informed Community Grant from Resilient Georgia will fund resources that have a regional emphasis on trauma-informed awareness, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and child sexual abuse prevention training as a basis to transform systems and procedures crossing both public and private sectors.

Since its inception in 2019, the Mind Your Mind mental health initiative has continued to receive support from agencies like CareSource Foundation, Cobb & Douglas Public Health and Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. The partnership with Resilient Georgia will help ensure that mental health resources are continuing to be provided in Cobb County.

For more information about the mental health initiative and other work at Cobb Collaborative, visit or contact Irene Barton at

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