Students, Sponsors Head to Atlanta for Depression/Suicide Awareness Program
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College’s new Depression/Suicide Awareness Prevention (DSAP) program continues to move forward as four students and two staff members headed to Atlanta, GA Thursday morning to attend the Dr. Lonnie E. Mitchell HBCU Behavioral Health Policy Academy.
The academy continues the work of the late Dr. Lonnie E. Mitchell, an esteemed educator, administrator, policy advisor and psychotherapist, whose vision was to bring cutting-edge substance abuse and mental health research, treatment, prevention, policy development, career development and health disparity issues to the public and HBCU campuses. Sponsored through Morehouse School of Medicine, the academy will feature interactive and skill-building workshop sessions that are designed to reduce the impact of mental illnesses on America’s communities.
According to Director of Counseling Services (Student Affairs) Renee’ Sanford, CCC’s DSAP program director, the workshops are designed to promote team learning and upon returning, the group will share their experience to build upon the success of the program.
“Our goal is to return to Coahoma Community College eager to move ahead with a recipe for success,” said Sanford.
CCC’s DSAP 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.