Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

ECU Starts Project Aware Program

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

ECU Starts Project Aware Program

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ADA - Creating awareness and breaking down stigmas to mental illness in teens of Pontotoc County is the goal of the new Project Aware Grant Program at East Central University.

A grant, written by Holli Witherington of the Brandon Whitten Institute, was awarded to ECU in the fall of 2015 and is part of a national program sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Witherington and Cassie Holloway have worked with 10 other people to become youth mental health first-aid instructors.

Project Aware was started after President Barack Obama's 2013 call to action after the tragic shooting in Newton, Connecticut.

"Mental illness is often either ignored completely, to be written off as just teen adolescent drama or is glamorized by the media in movies or tabloids," said Witherington. …

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