October 26, 2007

‘Breaking the Silence’ program receives $150,000 grant

The Queens/Nassau chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the National Institute for Mental Health to help fund the organization’s “Breaking the Silence” program.
“Breaking the Silence” educates young people about mental illnesses and overcoming the stigma that goes along with them. The program is the first anti-stigma grant funded in response to the NIMH program announcement, “Reducing Mental Illness Stigma and Discrimination.”
“Children learn from a very early age to view psychiatric problems in negative ways,” said Dr. Wahl in a recent release. “This funding will give us the opportunity to collaboratively test the effectiveness of the BTS program in changing these attitudes.”
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