M2G Mental Health Initiative

A social impact project turned nonprofit dedicated to changing the way we diagnose and treat mental illness.

The Tower of Power of Support by Barry King, 2021

Our Story

Following the loss of a loved one to bipolar disorder in 2017, M2G’s co-founders, Susan Miller and Jessica Miller Essl, channeled their heartbreak into action by launching M2G’s MHI. M2G Ventures may be in commercial real estate, but at the heart of our company is innovation. We have a vision for a world that offers better outcomes, earlier intervention, and an established path to healing and wholeness for current and future generations. As a recognized 501(c)(3), we have set out to raise awareness and drive advocacy to change the way mental illness is diagnosed and treated, now and in the future.

$1M+

Raised to Date

$600K

2024 Fundraising Goal

$470K+

Raised at the 2023 Art of the Mind Fundraising Event

Fundraising Partnership

We have partnered with the UT Southwestern Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care (CDRC) to bring its services, studies, and resources to children and young adults across our region. Led by Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, the CDRC is a nationally recognized center for excellence in the research and treatment of mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder. Through innovative programs and studies, Dr. Trivedi and his team are developing practical tests that will transform clinical care for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mood disorders, which will have long-lasting and transformative benefits in our region.

2023 Annual Report

Progress

Since the launch of our partnership, we have raised over $1M to establish and support a clinical site for the CDRC at Moncrief Cancer Institute. Creating an operational presence in Fort Worth has provided residents of Tarrant County with access to novel treatments and research, further expanding the ability to study a broader range of participants in the DFW metroplex.

Furthermore, funding from M2G’s Mental Health Initiative has helped increase participation in T-RAD (Texas Resilience Against Depression), the largest longitudinal study of its kind to date; led research into new treatments, including brain and blood tests for depression and suicide; and built networks and established research-driven programs that extend our reach to adolescents, addressing youth depression and suicide with mental health promotion and resilience training that encourages a conversation long overdue.

Contributions Breakdown

56%

Individual

28%

Corporate

16%

Foundation

PRESS

November 3, 2023

M2G Ventures Raises Over $220K for Depression Research at UT Southwestern

Fort Worth Report

December 7, 2022

Fort Worth’s M2G Ventures Raises Over $700,000 for Depression Research

Dallas Innovates

December 7, 2022

The Last Word: M2G Co-Founder Jessica Miller Essl on the Firm’s Mental Health Initiative and Partnership with UTSW

Dallas Innovates

July 22, 2022

Winners Revealed: D CEO’s Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards

D CEO

May 31, 2022

Finalists Announced: D CEO’s Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards 2022

D CEO

December 9, 2021

‘It Was Our Destiny:’ Miller Twin Sisters Redesigning Fort Worth Through M2G Ventures

Fort Worth Report

August 23, 2020

Demanding Better

Tanglewood Moms

July 2, 2019

M2G Ventures to Advance UT Southwestern Youth-Focused Mental Health Care and Research in Fort Worth

Fort Worth Business Press
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