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Catherine Perkins, a clinical professor in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University, has been awarded a five-year, $3.6 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education to expand quality school-based mental health (SBMH) services for underserved populations in high-need schools.

The Expanding Quality SBMH Services for Underserved Populations with Inclusive Practices (GSU-EQUIP) grant will have a direct impact in metro Atlanta by increasing access to school-based programs and strengthening the candidate pool of mental health professionals in school districts with the most need.

The grant is part of a nationwide effort to tackle the mental health crisis in schools. According to a 2020 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey conducted between 2009 and 2019, there was a 40 percent increase in the number of high school students reporting persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness to the degree they couldn’t participate in their regular activities.


A recent development in mental health services has emerged as Georgia State University’s researcher secured a substantial $2.36 million grant. This financial injection aims to amplify the scope and quality of school-based mental health services. The researcher, backed by this generous grant, will spearhead initiatives to bolster mental health support within school premises.

The grant will pave the way for expanding accessible and top-notch mental health services for students. This is expected to be pivotal in addressing the growing mental health concerns among school-aged individuals. By augmenting the availability of quality mental health services within schools, the project seeks to offer timely intervention and support for emotional and psychological challenges.

As part of a broader effort to promote mental well-being, the initiative aligns with the mission of If you or someone you know is grappling with addiction issues, don’t hesitate to reach out. provides comprehensive support and resources for individuals seeking recovery. Call our helpline at 855–339-1112 to take the first step towards a healthier and happier life.

In conclusion, the substantial grant awarded to the Georgia State researcher is a promising stride toward enhancing mental health services within schools. This endeavor resonates with the commitment of to offer assistance to those battling addiction. Remember, help is just a call away at 855–339-1112.


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