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Grant funding awarded to address mental health in Central PA

The McDowell Institute at Commonwealth University-Bloomsburg awarded three grants totaling around $4 million to fund programs to support student mental health.

The funding will support schools and communities in the five-county region covered by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit and the Susquehanna Valley United Way.

Funding from the first grant, awarded last summer, will focus on supporting students' mental health in rural central Pennsylvania.

The Mental Health Awareness Partnership, the second of the three grants, will allow the McDowell Institute to work on building a network of credentialed suicide prevention trainers in the community.

The final grant, Project AWARE, will help create a bridge program within Geisinger that would allow youth and teens who have the most serious need for mental health services to receive targeted and/or intensive services earlier.