Alcorn receives mini-grant from Morehouse School of Medicine to promote mental health

Alcorn State University has received funds to aid them in shedding light on mental health issues and solutions.

Alcorn received a $7,500 mini grant from Morehouse School of Medicine in October. This is the University’s sixth time receiving the grant, which has helped spawn behavioral health promotional events for students and generate a number of mental health advocates such as the Ambassadors of Hope, Journey of Understanding, Journey of Hope and Connectivity, Awareness and Support Activities.

The grant will be used for Alcorn’s latest project, “Partnering for Hope-A Wellness Narrative, which will engage the Ambassadors of Hope in experiential activities to promote student wellness.

Dr. Martha Ravola, assistant vice president for Academic Program Support and one of the project’s co-directors, believes that programs aided by the grant will be in the best interest of Alcorn’s students.

“It is an opportunity to reach our students beyond their academic needs,” said Ravola. “It helps cater to the social, emotional and psychological needs of students thus helping them stay in school. ”

Dr. Judy Smith, instructor in the Department of English, Foreign Languages and Mass Communications, said that the mini grant will equip them with the tools to provide overall peace of mind in the students.

“Year after year, I am aware of my academic responsibility, but even more so of the importance of reaching beyond the classroom to help address needs and share information to help the students become more balanced,” said Smith. “Being balanced is necessary, and I think the mini grant is going to help our students become more balanced in all areas.”

For more information about the grant, contact Ravola at (601) 877-6140 or [email protected] or Dr. Judy Smith, co-director for the project, at (601) 877-6410 or [email protected].

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