RFI Grant to Fund Mental Health Curriculum

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Mental health stigma is the subject of a recent Rural Futures Institute (RFI) competitive award titled, “Ending Mental Health Stigma & Promoting Mental Health among Rural Nebraska College and University Students.”

The Principal investigator is Sonja Russell, UNMC, Rural Health Education Network, with contributions by BHECN Director Howard Liu, MD and UNMC Associate Professor Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, PhD.

The program aims to address the growing shortage of mental health professionals in rural areas of Nebraska and the rising number of rural college students experiencing mental health difficulties. In collaboration with faculty and students at Wayne State College, the team will develop and implement a curriculum aimed at addressing mental health stigma and alleviating mental health difficulties among rural Nebraska college students.

The RFI grant is a Teaching and Engagement award, designed to provide seed funding to programs that will “foster the development of teaching and engagement work that establishes a tradition of student learning through civic engagement, service learning or undergraduate and graduate community-based projects.”  For more information about RFI, visit http://ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/awards/#Project