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    Morehouse School of Medicine Recognizes First National HBCU Mental Health Awareness Day

    Morehouse School of Medicine is recognizing the first national HBCU Mental Health Awareness Day with campus presentations and a competition to produce the best public service announcement promoting mental health awareness.

    For Immediate Release
    Media Contact: Cherie Richardson / 404.752.1917 / crichardson@msm.edu

    Morehouse School of Medicine is recognizing the first national HBCU Mental Health Awareness Day with campus presentations and a competition to produce the best public service announcement promoting mental health awareness. The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence (HBCU-CFE) in Substance Abuse and Mental Health at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are collaborating to announce this first National Mental Health Awareness Day happening on February 23, 2010.

    The aim of the HBCU-CFE Mental Health Awareness Day is to increase public knowledge and student awareness about mental health issues and to foster a more supportive and informed environment on HBCU campuses and in the community.

    "It's important to continue to create a greater awareness of the mental health issues in our community," says Gail A. Mattox, M.D., HBCU-CFE project director in MSM's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Cork Institute. "We are looking forward to highlighting winners from the HBCU-CFE Mental Health Awareness PSA competition and have special presentations on campus from other HBCUs."

    Activities will start at 9:30 a.m. ET and can be accessed by clicking here.

    HBCU-CFE is made possible through the SAMHSA grant number TI-020447-01. For more information, please contact Dr. Mattox at 404.756.1455 or gmattox@msm.edu.


    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975 as the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. In 1981 Morehouse School of Medicine became an independently chartered institution and the first minority medical school established at a Historically Black College and University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care. For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at www.msm.edu.