ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany State University staff are working to bring awareness and put an end to poor mental health in college students.
The "We are One Initiative" has been established for years, but now it's working to save more lives by applying for a $300,000 grant.
Previously the initiative had this grant from 2013 to 2016. Since 2017 until now, it has been operating on a $10,000 grant and is now looking to apply for more funds that will last for the next three years.
Right now, the university is partnering with Phoebe, ASPIRE and other organizations to help meet students' mental health needs immediately.
"We thought there was a need for it on campus because we looked at the staff, student ratio for student counseling, it needs to be much better. So this would've given us a way of building the infrastructure within the community," explained ASU's Project Investigator for 'We Are One Initiative" Dr. Rani George.
The grant funds would provide students with mental health and substance abuse screenings, workshops and a series of other prevention events.
The university will know if it is approved for the grant in July.