Doña Ana Community College (DACC) was recently awarded a grant by the New Mexico Higher Education Department to destigmatize seeking mental health assistance.
The $50,000 grant was provided by the Mental and Behavioral Health Initiative. The award money will be utilized to purchase de-stressing equipment for students such as a pool table, ping-pong tables, stereo equipment and more. The funds will also be used to host and put on several de-stressing events.
“DACC already held several events this year to assist students in coping with stress, mental health, and other issues,” says Dr. Jesse Haas, director of Student Accessibility Services. “These monies will help us with more services, more events and more opportunities for students to deal with mental health issues when needed.”
Future events will provide students with an outlet to decompress and to learn about specific mental health resources within Doña Ana County. The first event will be held on September 8th at the Espina Campus, 3400 S. Espina St., in conjunction with the Suicide Prevention Week activities that will take place from September 6th-8th.
According to the JED Foundation, a nonprofit organization that protects the emotional health of teens and young adults, nearly 47% of young adults perceive mental health services as an unmet need.