UW Wellness Center Receives Grant to Promote Mental Health Awareness

LARAMIE, Wyo. (Launch) – The College of Wyoming’s Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Heart has obtained a U.S. Division of Well being and Human Companies Substance Abuse and Psychological Well being Companies Administration grant to offer psychological well being consciousness coaching on campus.

The five-year grant will present the UW Wellness Heart with $125,000 per 12 months to help psychological well being first help (MHFA) coaching at UW and within the Laramie neighborhood. The main focus of the $625,000 grant is to offer psychological well being consciousness and de-escalation coaching and set up connections with psychological well being organizations for referrals for applicable companies.

UW is amongst 145 recipients of the grant nationwide and is the one recipient in Wyoming.

“Our campus and neighborhood have been by means of loads of challenges that impression psychological well being, notably over the previous 12 months and a half,” says Lena Newlin, Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Heart assistant director. “This funding will present vital coaching to help the psychological well being of scholars, professionals and caregivers who work together with UW college students. We’re grateful to obtain this extremely aggressive grant, and we’re assured that UW and the Laramie neighborhood will profit drastically from these sources.”

In keeping with UW’s 2019 Nationwide School Well being Evaluation, there’s a vital want to raised deal with UW scholar psychological well being.

The eight-hour coaching will likely be supplied to UW campus emergency first responders; UW regulation enforcement; college; Pupil Affairs professionals; dad and mom of UW college students; student-athletes; scholar veterans; residence corridor assistants; fraternity and sorority members; scholar authorities leaders; and peer educators. MHFA coaching additionally will likely be supplied to some Laramie neighborhood members who work together with UW college students off campus, such as emergency first responders, regulation enforcement and social service suppliers.

“Particularly, we’ll practice campus and neighborhood members within the evidence-based MHFA program,” Newlin says. “We count on to coach 475 folks in MHFA throughout the five-year grant interval, and we plan to coordinate referrals to psychological well being companies by means of the College Counseling Heart.”

The grant will help the hiring of a challenge coordinator/lead MHFA coach and two part-time staff; MHFA teacher and participant coaching; instructional provides; a social advertising and marketing marketing campaign; and program analysis by UW’s Wyoming Survey and Evaluation Heart.

The Substance Abuse and Psychological Well being Companies Administration has awarded $17.8 million in grants nationwide to assist communities enhance psychological well being consciousness and referrals for companies. UW’s proposal for the grant established objectives of accelerating consciousness and expertise to reply to these with a spectrum of psychological problems; establishing a community of suppliers for referrals; and reducing the stigma of searching for psychological well being companies.

Extra details about the challenge implementation will likely be launched within the coming months, Newlin says.

For extra details about the grant, name Newlin at (307) 766-3418 or electronic mail lnewlin@uwyo.edu.

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