Kent State College of Public Health receives $375,000 federal grant to improve student mental wellness in Medina County public schools
Through a three-year grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Kent State University’s Center for Public Policy and Health will partner with the seven public schools in Medina County and the Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Board to improve student mental wellness. The project called, Medina County Aware (MCA), will be led by Dr. Deric Kenne, Associate Professor and Dr. Kim Laurene, Research Associate at Kent State University. The main goals of the project are to provide mental health awareness trainings to at least 30% of the teachers, administrators and staff at each school, create resource guides and referral mechanisms, and implement mental health stigma reduction campaigns in each of the seven schools. Partner schools in the initiative include, Black River Schools, Brunswick City Schools, Buckeye Local Schools, Cloverleaf Local Schools, Highland Local Schools, Medina City Schools and Wadsworth City Schools.