The American Psychiatric Foundation (APF) has selected three universities
to receive the first annual Helping Hands Grants. Each school will receive 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 Pharmaceutical Inc.
The foundation, which is dedicated to advancing public understanding that
mental illnesses are real and can be effectively treated, approved the
"We are pleased to provide funding to these schools for the valuable
community mental health activities being undertaken by students," said
APF President Altha Stewart, M.D. "These students are the future of our
profession, and I am proud that they are taking the initiative to work with
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 service in underserved communities.
More information is posted online at<www.psychfoundation.org>.▪