University of Wyoming receives grant for mental health awareness education

Published: Sep. 29, 2021 at 4:22 PM CDT
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LARAMIE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -The University of Wyoming has received a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services to provide mental health awareness training on campus.

The 2019 National College Health Assessment revealed a need for mental health resources for UW students. The funding will provide mental health first aid training to both the campus and Laramie community.

It will also provide programing for local law enforcement, first responders, faculty, professionals, parents, members of Greek life, student athletes, residence life assistants, student government leaders and more. The grant will help connect students with mental health organizations for additional resources.

University of Wyoming is one of 145 schools nationwide to receive this grant.

“We feel like we, with this funding, will be able to really make a difference on our campus and our community and we’re really excited to get started in the next few months,” said Lena Newlin, the assistant director of wellness.

The university hopes to offer the first training at the end of the semester.

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