A wealthy New York investor and philanthropist who says he has raised more than $50 million through his wealth management business has backed a plan to help mental health patients and their families.
In a statement, Tom Steyr, the founder and CEO of the company, Steyer Asset Management, said he has spent nearly a decade helping patients and families of mental health issues find a cure.
He said his firm will work to help families navigate the daunting decision of whether to seek treatment or not.
“My goal is to help them be able to make that decision as quickly as possible,” Steyr said.
“And then when they are ready, they can get that treatment.”
Steyer said he was inspired by his own experience with the onset of bipolar disorder.
“I was in a really rough place,” Steyer said.
“And the last thing I wanted to do was leave my wife and kids in a place that was really difficult.”
He added that he was particularly impressed by the efforts of people like his sister, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and is now in remission.
“She is doing very well, and she’s able to do everything she wants to do, and I just want to make sure that she is also able to get the help she needs,” he said.
Steyr, a prominent environmentalist and activist, has been active in politics and philanthropy, donating to Democratic candidates in both the U.S. and the U .
He has previously funded the $25 million “Blue Ribbon Challenge” to help people with mental health needs and has also funded an initiative called Mental Health Awareness Week, which aims to raise awareness about mental health and homelessness.
The Steyr team said in a statement that it will begin to support families and help them to decide whether or not to seek help.
“We are launching a campaign to help provide resources to families and individuals in their time of need,” the statement said.