LHU Health Science Professors Beth McMahon and Jennifer Rudella recently co-wrote a grant with input from over 50 high school students to aid local students in combatting the root causes of the opioid epidemic. The grant award of $16,650 from the Attorney General’s office will provide the funding to expand their Find Your Anti-Drug and Find Your Worth mass media campaign aimed to raise awareness of the role of mental health in reducing substance abuse and specifically addressing the root cause of the opioid epidemic.
LHU student Catherine Mohn mentors the local high school students and assists them in researching and developing evidence-based programs like ‘Find Your Worth’ that work to spread critical information to the public.
The Youth Development Task Force of the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition was established in 1998 and includes student and advisors from eight districts and Saint John Neumann Regional Academy in Lycoming County. Over 100 students participate monthly in review data from the PA Youth Survey which drives their program planning. Their mission is to spread the message of finding alternatives to drug use, strengthening relationship, reducing the stigma surrounding accessing mental health assistance and the promotion of health youth development.
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