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Bluefield State College Receives Mini-Grant from HBCU Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health

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    Friday, November 11 2011
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(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College has been awarded a $7,500 mini-grant from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence (HBCUCE) in Behavioral Science. The grant is designed to increase awareness of suicide factors and community interventions through peer educational sessions.

"West Virginia's suicide rate among young adults is nearly twice as high as the national rate in the 20-24 year old age category," noted Dr. Anthony Woart, the grant's Project Director. "Thus, there is a demonstrated need for a student-led program that can develop suicide prevention strategies, cultivate awareness of suicide risk factors, and create a referral process that connects students to available suicide prevention services."

"The grant will also create the opportunity for three social science majors to participate in a two-month internship with ResCare, a human services company that helps individuals of all ages and abilities to live more independently. Student interns will receive stipends provided through the grant and will gain provide 'real world' experiences in their areas of academic concentration," Dr. Tamara Ferguson, the grant's Principal Investigator explained..

"Dr. Woart, Director of the Minority Health Institute at BSC and author of the grant proposal for this project, has worked diligently to acquire grant funding to continue these types of projects," Ferguson added. She also expressed appreciation for the assistance of the College's Office of Sponsored Programs, Dr. Cravor Jones (Director/BSC Counseling Center), and Ray Guy (Fiscal Manager) for their input and insight in the grant process.