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FirstRisk Advisors Initiatives in College Mental/Behavioral Health Funding Opportunity

The deadline for applications for the 2019-2020 school year is February 1, 2019. Funding recipients will be announced at the ACHA Annual Meeting scheduled for May 28-June 1, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. 


With growing national concerns regarding the prevalence and complexity of mental and behavioral health issues among college students and the negative impact these disorders have on the health and safety of higher education communities, student retention, student learning/academic progress, and the human potential of students, funding sponsor FirstRisk Advisors, through the American College Health Foundation, is offering one annual $3,500 funding opportunity.

The FirstRisk Advisors Initiatives in College Mental/Behavioral Health Funding Opportunity is designed to fund the development of creative initiatives that address prevention, early intervention, and treatment for mental and behavioral health disorders among students. The goal of these initiatives is to reduce the risk of mental and behavioral illness and injury among college students and to enhance both individual and community health as a strategy to support student learning. 

Funding Proposal Materials

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Past Funding Recipients

2018 Funding Recipient:

University of South Carolina - “Hear Me Out” Mental Health Matters”
Project Director: Jackie Knight, MPH, CHES, Assistant Director for Healthy Carolina Initiatives

2017 Funding Recipient:

Kennesaw State University - “Staying Healthy in Nursing School”
Project Director: Sherry Grable, MEd, MCHES, Director, Center for Health Promotion & Wellness

2016 Funding Recipient:

Tarleton State University - “Whole Texans”
Project Directors: Dr. Stephanie Robertson and Bridgette Bednarz

2015 Funding Recipient:

University South Carolina - “Your Mind Matters”
Project Director: Jennifer Myers, MA, BS, Assistant Director, Campus Mental Health Initiative