12.29 Michigan: Counseling center offers grants for organizations, The Michigan State University State News, Jan. 13, 2011
A study of Michigan State University (MSU) students conducted last year found that almost four in ten said they needed help coping with mental and emotional problems. However, many students are uncomfortable asking for help. The Michigan State University Counseling Center is hoping to bridge this gap by encouraging registered student organizations to develop programs to reach out to first-year students. “There is a stigma attached to receiving help for emotional and mental health problems,” said MSU Counseling Center director Jan Collins-Eaglin. “One way to counteract that myth is to have students talk to students.” The Counseling Center is offering grants to fund the programs; the grant money will come from a Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act suicide prevention grant awarded to the MSU Counseling Center.
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