School Mental Health Education Grant Program

Posted by on September 28, 2009

American Psychiatric Foundation Offers Grants for High Schools to Implement Mental Health Educational Model
Deadline: October 30, 2009

Established by the American Psychiatric Foundation, a philanthropic and educational subsidiary of the American Psychiatric Association, the Typical or Troubled? School Mental Health Education Grant Program provides funding to implement the Typical or Troubled? School Mental Health educational model in communities across the United States. Community organizations, high schools, and school districts are eligible to receive funding and training materials to implement the program.

Typical or Troubled? is an educational program designed to help school personnel (teachers, coaches guidance counselors, etc.) raise their awareness of mental disorders in teens. The program focuses on promoting the importance of early recognition and treatment, recognizing the early warning signs of mental health problems, and encouraging action and appropriate referral to a mental health professional.

The Typical or Troubled? program includes a compendium of educational materials. These materials were developed in partnership with local high school personnel (e.g. teachers, school social workers, school counselors, parents, mental health professionals, and educators), and reviewed for medical accuracy. Some materials can be customized for local use to reflect pertinent community information and cultural competence. The educational presentation is designed to be presented by teachers, administrators, counselors, or school social workers in partnership with psychiatrists or other mental health professionals.

For program implementation at two to four high schools, a grant in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded; for implementation at five or more high schools, a grant in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded. Program education and training materials will be made available for the grant recipient’s use.

The application form will be available at the APF Web site in early October 2009.

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