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Pike County Health Department receives grant for mental health literacy

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm

The Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice recently received funding from the Missouri Foundation For Health to initiate a project entitled the Pike County Mental Health Literacy Collaborative.

The collaborative will develop a strategic plan that will provide a roadmap for community partners to achieve the outcome of improved mental health literacy in our community.

This effort will work to increase the knowledge and beliefs about mental disorders, help partners aid in the recognition and management or prevention of mental health illness and increase community awareness and resources.

The grant award for the project was $14,880. These funds will be utilized over the next year to develop the coalition, increase community knowledge and partnerships in the area of mental health and work toward outreach and expansion of services to increase the accessibility of mental health resources.

“This project provides an opportunity for community partners to come together and address the needs of the community in the area of mental health awareness,” says Kim Gamm RN BSN CDE, project coordinator. “With the limited resources for mental health in Pike County this collaboration will guide the community toward improving mental health literacy with the hopes of expanding on services already available as well as increasing accessibility to new services”.

Currently the organizations involved in the strategic planning process are the Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice, Family Support Division, Bowling Green Ministerial Association and Wendy Summers, licensed counselor. These community partners will build a plan to address the knowledge and expansion of mental health literacy.  Wendy Dyer, a nonprofit management consultant, will be working closely with the team throughout the planning and development process.

As the project progresses other community partners will be asked to participate in the collaboration. “Our goal is to educate providers and people in the community on the topic of mental health”, stated Gamm. “It is our hope that as this coalition grows so will the resources for mental health in our community.”