Alamo Colleges Foundation receives $200,000 grant focused on improving mental health and wellbeing
The Alamo Colleges Foundation is proud to announce that it has received a $200,000 grant from the Trellis Foundation to fund an evidence-based plan focused on improving mental health and wellness in the Alamo College District.
The grant will enable the district to strengthen its mental health resources by providing a comprehensive needs analysis, including faculty, staff, students, and community partners from all five Alamo colleges.
The results of the analysis will help develop a plan for public outreach, faculty and staff training, student groups, and increased mental health and wellness services.
The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute will serve as the primary technical assistance provider for the grant project, providing the Alamo College District with existing mental health resources and developing key findings from the work as it develops.
The Jed Foundation and active minds will also participate in the grant project which will last for two years.
“On behalf of the Alamo College District, we are grateful to the Trellis Foundation for their generosity in supporting this grant project,” said Dr. Mike Flores, Chancellor of the Alamo College District. “We know college access doesn’t just mean academic help. At Alamo Colleges, we will continue to look for ways to improve access to mental health resources to better serve our 72,000 students.
According to data gathered from a self-report survey of approximately 1,600 students served by Alamo College District Advocacy Centers in 2021-22, approximately 48.7% of students searched for mental health resources. All five Alamo colleges have on-campus advocacy centers and provide student emergency assistance, basic needs assistance, and individual and group mental health counseling at no cost to students.
The Alamo College District was among 10 winners from the state of Texas. Other winners include:
- Amarillo College
- Angelo State University
- Austin Community College District
- Paul Quinn College
- Sam Houston State University
- University of Houston-Downtown
- University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
- University of Texas System
- Victoria College