The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 12:00 pm

Grant aims to strengthen mental health and suicide prevention

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

A $582,000 grant announced today will help Purdue University Fort Wayne strengthen mental health and suicide prevention services for students.

The three-year grant was secured through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the university said.

Programming from the funding is called Partners United for Student Mental Health. It aims to strengthen existing links between Purdue Fort Wayne and area service providers, including those on campus, and to fill gaps to better address the mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention needs of students, according to a news release.

Jeannie DiClementi, an associate professor in the psychology department, said the new program is a natural extension of ongoing efforts to serve the university community’s mental health needs.

“In addition to education, training, and awareness efforts to identify those in need of help, we can now work to reinforce individualized pathways to intervention resources,” DiClementi said in a statement.

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