K-State Research and Extension has awarded the Marais des Cygnes Extension District (serving Linn and Miami counties) a $10,000 grant to address mental health in the community.

The “Healthy Minds, Strong Communities” project will work toward increasing awareness of mental health issues, specifically suicide and suicide prevention, as well as building capacity in the community for mental health intervention, according to a news release.

Project co-leaders Franny Eastwood and Kathy Goul, who work for K-State Research and Extension’s Marais des Cygnes District, said they recognize there are segmented efforts underway to address suicide and suicide prevention among adults and youth.

In partnership with Elizabeth Layton Center, Southeast Kansas Mental Health, Miami County Medical Center and the health departments in both Miami and Linn counties, Extension seeks to bring community stakeholders, such as school districts, healthcare providers, law enforcement officers and others together to have a greater impact, according to the release.

One goal of the grant is to make mental health something that is “OK” to talk about and seek treatment for.

The project team is also seeking additional funding to increase access to mental health services in Linn and Miami counties, according to the release.

For more information, contact the Marais des Cygnes Extension District in Paola at (913) 294-4306 or Mound City at (913) 795-2829.

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