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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Congressman Gonzalez Announces More than $100,000 to UTRGV Medical School for Suicide Prevention Programs

August 11, 2017
Press Release

EDINBURG, TX— Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the Center for Mental Health Services within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine $101,539 to establish a robust suicide prevention program on its medical school campus.

This grant will enable UTRGV’s Counseling Center to strengthen and expand the existing mental health services it offers students. Specifically, the money will finance a suicide prevention program for students attending UTRGV’s School of Medicine.

“Higher education should be an enriching, life-changing experience, but tragically, we have seen an increase in students struggling with mental health issues," Congressman Gonzalez said. “These students deserve a top-notch counseling center that gives them the tools they need to thrive and lead both physically and mentally healthy lives. This funding will provide students the mental healthcare they need to continue toward a bright future."

Students have an increased risk for developing mental health struggles due to the stressful nature of their field of study, and the Counseling Center has been a primary point of contact for students struggling with these issues.

The Counseling Center provides UTRGV students access to services for depression, anxiety, abuse, sexual assault, health concerns, and other related issues. This additional funding will give more students the care they need during stressful times.

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