TIME: For Immediate Release
DATE: June 24, 2019
CONTACT: John Tompkins, Communications Coordinator
(281) 756-3551 office
SUBJECT: Grant to Help Raise Awareness about Mental Health Issues
PHOTOS: photo from event
(This is another installment in a series of stories on the Innovative Initiative Grants awarded by the ACC Foundation)
Grant to Help Raise Awareness about Mental Health Issues
As the state and the country continues to grapple with the lack of mental health services, Alvin Community College students and staff are working to raise awareness about the issue.
“We as a department (and hopefully a college) feel that mental health issues need more coverage on campus,” said Traci Elliott, ACC Department chair for Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology.
The ACC Foundation recently awarded a $1,000 Innovative Initiative Grant to help establish a campus chapter of the Active Minds organization. The group has 450 such organizations at high school and college campuses throughout the country. Using a peer-toper method, the organization promotes positive mental health with campus events, educating others about mental health concerns and encouraging students to seek help.
Students have asked to set up a chapter of Active Minds on campus to help address mental health.
The Innovative Initiative Grants were awarded to nine projects this spring. They are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative approaches to fulfill the mission of the college. The grants will be used for the 2019-20 academic year.
Mental health issues are a growing problem throughout the country with 44 percent of adults and less than 20 percent of children receiving the treatment they need.
The grant funds will be used to help fund items for events, the purchase of information materials for students and more.
“We have had students ask for more information about hosting a mental health awareness week each semester, so we feel this will help in that area,” she said.
Elliott said an additional goal of the Active Minds organization is to eliminate the stigma of mental health both on campus and at home.
“We will provide information, events, and resources that students and the community can utilize if they need them,” she said. “And, they can pass them along to family and friends, too.”
The Foundation issued $13,885 in Innovative Initiative grants this year.
To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.alvincollege.edu/foundation or call 281-756-3600.
ACC Foundation President David Jircik, center, presents an Innovative Initiative Grant to set up an Active Minds chapter to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology Department Chair Traci Elliott, left and Psychology instructor Cindy Dalmolin.