ST. PETERSBURG — Jabil will donate $1 million over the next five years to create the Jabil Mind Body Branch Fund at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.
"From Asperger's, autism and different spectrum disorders, self-esteem and social media issues, (youth mental health) has been an area that has hit close to home for so many of our employees," Jabil CEO Mark Mondello said in announcing the fund.
With the money, the hospital will hire an education advocate to work with families on managing challenges that children with medical needs face at school. The hospital also will create a video resource library with current mental health information for parents from hospital specialists.
Johns Hopkins All Children's wants to help education parents and schools about mental health issues and diagnoses that can have long-term effects on children, said Jennifer Katzenstein, director of psychology and neuropsychology at the hospital.
Since 1985, Jabil, a St. Petersburg-based technology manufacturing company with operations in 29 countries, and its employees have donated more than $1 million to the hospital, including a donation in 2016 to help diagnose and treat children with epilepsy.
"We help employees whose children are dealing with brain tumors, mental health issues, intricate surgeries, cardio and renal issues," Mondello said. "Johns Hopkins All Children's has always been there for Jabil. Now it's our turn to help this hospital."