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Alamo Colleges receive $200,000 grant to increase mental health and well being services

SAN ANTONIO – The Alamo Colleges District acquired a $200,000 grant to fund a plan targeted on bettering mental health and well-being throughout the totally different campuses.

“We are going to do surveys and focus groups and find out exactly what our students and faculty and staff need,” Nina Wright, senior program officer for Grants Development at Alamo Colleges Foundation stated.

The grant from the Trellis Foundation will assist in some ways.

“The grant is going to provide us to get extra clinicians on board to be able to support us,” stated Aisha Woods, a Ph.D. personal counselor at San Antonio College.

Funding may also go in direction of coaching school and workers as well as a public consciousness marketing campaign.

Last year, Alamo Colleges offered counseling services to 3,000 college students.

“One of the big challenges we are still seeing is the fallout from this COVID-19 pandemic,” Woods stated.

Woods says it’s been troublesome for some college students to return to in-person lessons.

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“There’s a lot of anxiety about walking into spaces that are small, condensed, with no mask requirements,” Woods stated.

Meanwhile, different college students are going through totally different challenges which are impacting their mental health.

“A lot of students are holding two or maybe three jobs,” Woods stated.

Alamo Colleges was amongst 10 awardees throughout the state.

“The ultimate goal of the project is to make sure we are taking care of our students,” Wright stated.

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