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Parkview Community Health Improvement Program Has Awarded $35,000 To MHANI For Community Advocacy And Peer Support

Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana (MHANI) has been awarded a grant in the amount of $35,000 by the Parkview Community Health Improvement Program. The funds from this grant will support the expansion of our peer support program.

This grant from Parkview Community Health Improvement will provide support to our Front Door services, which includes client advocacy and peer support. MHANI receives calls every day from community members who are facing a mental health challenge and need support. Our trained community advocates lend an empathetic ear to their situation and direct them towards local resources that can help them. The community advocates might also refer the caller to our peer support program, which connects individuals with mentors who have faced their own mental health challenges and truly know what the caller is going through.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Parkview this year as we work to expand our community advocacy through peer support,” Lisa Smith, Executive Director, said. “Peer support is a successful, evidence-based practice that can make a real difference for individuals in our community who need that one-to-one mentoring and support.”

Parkview’s Community Health Improvement Program helps Parkview Health accomplish its mission of improving the health of the communities they serve. The program was established in 1998.

For over 60 years, MHANI has provided essential resources, advocacy, and education to professionals, individuals, and families who are affected by mental illness. Through these services, they want to ensure that all individuals facing mental health challenges are supported and gain access to the resources they need.