Friends in Need: A Mental Health First Aid Program
Project Directors: Dr. Stephanie Peebles Tavera and Dr. Carmelia Amuna. Beginning in September 2021, this federal grant-funded project will provide students, faculty, and staff on the Texas A&M University—Central Texas campus with access to Mental Health First Aid training and mental healthcare resources such as monthly talk-therapy group sessions. This program will also promote mental health literacy in the classroom by incorporating Mental Health First Aid training as a service-learning component in relevant courses such as "Film & Trauma," "Sociology of Deviant Behavior," and "Mad Lit" (or literature about madness), as well as support the institution of a Medical Humanities and Disability Studies minor program. Friends in Need: A Mental Health First Aid Program will operate under the Department of Humanities and the Student Wellness & Counseling Center on the Texas A&M University—Central Texas campus and in collaboration with MaaPaa, Inc., a nonprofit organization headquartered in Dallas, TX.