Metro Health’s SAFE program receives $85,000 research grant for mental health initiatives

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – Linda Jackson, Director of Health Arts at Metro Health, celebrates the fact that they received an $85,000 research grant that will go entirely to mental health initiatives for adolescents.

It is the largest award of its kind ever given in Ohio.

This much-needed support comes after students at a public high school were screened, revealing that 26% had problems with depression and 25% had considered suicide.

“The SAFE Project is a wonderful project that we believe benefits our children here in Cleveland and this grant will allow us to further assess its impact,” Jackson said.

And what better way to do that than through the study and use of art.

“So we knew we had to do something, and we know the impact the arts can have on our health and well-being,” Jackson added.

Students at two high schools in the Cleveland Metro School District were assessed for depression-related symptoms.

Rates of the symptoms studied were higher than normal, further indicating why the grant is needed, as awareness of mental illness among children is becoming more widespread.

Some of the many tactics will be spoken word poetry, music, visual arts and dance.

All in the hope of helping our young people for a better future.

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