Division of Mental Health and Substance Use
CURRENT AND RECENT PROJECTS
Student Mental Health Coalition
The Division of Mental Health and Substance Use is currently forming a Student Mental Health Coalition. The coalition is designed for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in promoting mental health across campus while reducing mental illness stigma. If you would like to get involved in the coalition, please provide your information.
PROJECT AWARE KENT: INCREASING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS AMONG STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF
The purpose of Project AWARE Kent is to increase mental health literacy within the university community. A recent needs assessment conducted among students at Kent State University found that 30.9% of students indicated the need for mental health services; however, less than half of those students sought help. Several activities will lead to accomplishing the purpose of Project AWARE Kent including offering Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses, social marketing and awareness campaigns, and interagency and community partnerships through the development of an Interagency Advisory and Leadership Team (IALT).
TALK ON: STOPPING MENTAL ILLNESS STIGMA
Talk On is a new initiative to stop mental illness stigma by having KSU students, faculty, and staff share their personal experiences with mental illness.
HEAR TO HELP
Hear to Help allows students on campus to identify those who have been trained in MHFA.
PROVING OHIO’S PREVENTION SUCCESS: KSU ALCOHOL & DRUG SURVEY
An annual survey of alcohol and other drug use among Kent State University students used to inform drug policy and prevention efforts within the university and surrounding communities.
OPIOID USE & PREGNANCY: A COMMUNITY-BASED PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH MULTI-SITE EXPLORATORY STUDY
A community-based participatory research study to investigate the use of opioid drugs during pregnancy. The study is a collaboration between the Kent State University College of Public Health and the Ohio Alliance of Recovery Providers and the Ohio Women’s Network. The study expands on previous research to include two rural and two urban sites in Ohio. Findings will help better understand a relatively understudied and high-risk population and guide treatment planning and programming.