Two Manhattan organizations have been awarded grants from the Tower Foundation to support suicide prevention and mental health services, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday.
Pawnee Mental Health Services, which serves 11 counties in North Central Kansas, received $5,500 to fund a series of short personalized videos providing information on suicide prevention and locally available intervention services that will be distributed via social media and online advertising targeted at youth and young adults in an effort to reach them directly.
Stand Up For Your Sister was awarded $2,500 to expand its peer-based services to young adults in Greek housing at Kansas colleges and universities. The program will provide presentations in Greek houses to help support, empower and educate college-aged women on mental health struggles.
The attorney general’s office and the Menninger Foundation created the Tower Mental Health Foundation of Kansas in 2007. It offers support to organizations that provide mental health services in the state. The attorney general is the sole member of the Foundation, which is staffed by the office of the attorney general. The Foundation’s board of directors is composed of nine Kansans with a keen interest in mental health issues. Dr. Walter Menninger serves as an emeritus member of the board.