Grant Creates New Depression, Suicide Prevention Program at CCC
CLARKSDALE – Oftentimes suicidal or depressed individuals are crying out for help. A new Depression/Suicide Awareness Program (DSAP) underway at Coahoma Community College is designed to ensure that their cries aren’t ignored and that they receive the help and resources that they need.
The program is made possible through a mini grant between the Morehouse School of Medicine and CCC and is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to perform work under the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence (HBCU-CFE) in Behavioral Health Project. The mini grant will cover specified expenses of up to $7,500 through June 30, 2014.
Renee’ Sanford, director of counseling services (Student Affairs), has been appointed as the project’s director, and committee members met Monday afternoon to begin the planning process.
According to Sanford, the program will include workshops to increase suicide and depression awareness among CCC’s faculty, staff and students.
So far, plans include bringing in credentialed speakers to cover advanced topics and subject matters on depression and suicide and video training for each off-campus location for faculty, staff and students will be made available.
“Our objective is to obtain an increase in knowledge among faculty, staff and students by May 2014,” Sanford said.
In addition, Sanford said the campus community will receive literature, brochures, flyers, and posters. Information will also be placed in the student union, dormitories, on bulletin boards and in the classrooms.
Other committee members include: Mary Wilson, Special Population Personnel; Eugene Polite, Assistant Director of Housing; Fitzgerald Jones, Director of Housing; Athsicia Gooden, Director of Student Health; Cynthia Williams-Robinson, Director of Educational Outreach; Letha Richards MSEP Director; and Yolanda Morton, Academic Counselor.