The American Psychiatric Foundation has announced that five
universities have been selected to receive Helping Hands Grants. Each school
will get a $5,000 grant for a community mental health service project
initiated and managed by medical students under the supervision of medical
faculty. The awards are made possible through an unrestricted educational
grant from Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals Inc.
The American Psychiatric Foundation is APA's philanthropic and educational
arm. The mission of the foundation is to advance understanding that mental
illnesses are real and can be effectively treated.
The Helping Hands Grant Program raises awareness of mental illness and the
importance of early recognition and builds an interest among medical students
in psychiatry and working in underserved communities.
"We are pleased to be able to provide grants to these dedicated
medical students," said Richard Harding, M.D., president of the American
Psychiatric Foundation. "Through the generous charitable gift from
Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals Inc. and the initiative of these students,
communities are improving the quality of mental health services for the under
More information about the foundation is posted at<www.psychfoundation.org>.▪