Grant will help fund mental health services for veterans


LIMA — The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation has been selected to receive a federal Mental Health Awareness Training grant focused on providing mental health training and promoting awareness of mental health services to Ohio veterans, service members and national guardsmen/women.

The Partnership for Violence Free Families in Lima is a major partner in the application, along with the Ohio National Guard and Mindful Minds Inc.

The grant will provide $125,000 per year for three years to support the hosting of mental health first aid trainings and an ongoing suicide prevention awareness campaign for Ohio’s military population. The grant is provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is one of up to 126 grants in mental health awareness trainings to be awarded across the U.S.

“The high prevalence of deaths by suicide in the military and veteran community makes this a key population which we have a duty to serve in Ohio,” said Sandy Williams, foundation board chairperson, in a press release.

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