Published on 08/29/2022
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Philanthropic support improves student access to Healthy Minds University, a collaborative program that has provided long-term mental health services to nearly 1,000 University of Virginia students- Occidental during her freshman year.
A $30,000 donation from the Gruver family created a namesake fund to ensure students can take advantage of the program, which began in fall 2021. Run by WVU Medicine and the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, Healthy Minds University offers a long-term therapy and/or medical management services for students in partnership with WVU Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Serviceswhich provides short-term therapy and other mental health services.
Kari-Beth Law, MD, vice chair of clinical services in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, helped found and grow Healthy Minds University. She said the program has served 973 needy students through more than 3,700 visits since its launch.
“Prioritising mental health awareness with increased access to a continuum of resources is a cornerstone of initiatives at Healthy Minds University and the Carruth Center,” said Dr. Law, also an associate professor of medical-medicine psychiatry. legal for adults, children and adolescents. Medicine School, said. “With the increasing prevalence of mental health disorders in college adults nationwide, we recognize the value of providing our students with high-quality, evidence-based treatment.”
WVU’s Chi Omega Theta Chapter recently contributed additional funds to strengthen the Gruver Family Evergreen Fund. Olivia Suazo, a WVU junior who serves as community services director for Chi Omega, said sorority members were motivated to support student mental health services following an overdose death and attempted suicide by friends and relatives.
Chi Omega partnered with WVU’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity for a fundraiser that offered attendees a chance to throw a whipped cream pie to members of both organizations.
“I hope these funds raise awareness for the causes we want to address and also raise awareness for Healthy Minds University because it’s new and not many people know about it,” Suazo said. “We want more available services, training and things like that for students on campus. If someone is put in a situation where a friend is overdosing, we want them to be able to act quickly and know exactly what to do, and we also want to be a friend to someone who is contemplating suicide. We want people to be more educated and aware of these topics. »
Dave Gruver is a strong supporter of WVU. A native of Hagerstown, Maryland, Gruver often spent time with his grandparents in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia when he was growing up. He now divides his time between New York City and Monroe County, West Virginia.
“I am beyond grateful for Chi Omega’s donation supporting the Evergreen Fund,” Gruver said. “Students who support the importance of mental wellness are exciting and make it clear that they believe a meaningful college experience involves making mental wellness a top priority. Our family applauds WVU and Healthy Minds University for making long-term mental health care accessible and available to students.
The Gruver family donation was made by the WVU Foundation, the non-profit organization that receives and manages private donations on behalf of the University. To donate to Healthy Minds University, visit secure.give.wvu.edu and select Gruver Family Evergreen Fund (2W1559) as your gift designation.