ROCKVILLE, Md., April 1 The American PsychiatricFoundation (APF) has named five universities as the recipients of HelpingHands Grants. Each school will receive a $5,000 grant for a community mentalhealth service project initiated and managed by medical students under thesupervision of medical faculty. The awards are made possible through anunrestricted educational grant from Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
The American Psychiatric Foundation, which is dedicated to advancingpublic understanding that mental illnesses are real and can be effectivelytreated, approved the following grants:
"We are proud to support the Helping Hands Awards Program as part of ourcommitment to help eliminate health disparities among underservedpopulations," said Hiromi Yoshikawa, chairman and chief executive officer ofOtsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. "Otsuka congratulates the awardrecipients and applauds their efforts toward advancing minority mentalhealth."
"We are pleased to be able to provide grants to these dedicated medicalstudents," said Richard Harding MD, president of the American PsychiatricFoundation. "Through the generous charitable gift from Otsuka AmericaPharmaceutical, Inc. and the initiative of these students, communities areimproving the quality of mental health services for the underserved."
The Helping Hands Grant Program raises awareness of mental illness and theimportance of early recognition and builds an interest amongst medicalstudents in psychiatry and working in underserved communities.
About the American Psychiatric Foundation
The American Psychiatric Foundation is the philanthropic and educationalarm of the American Psychiatric Association. The mission of the foundation isto advance understanding that mental illnesses are real and can be effectivelytreated. For more information, please visit the foundation's Web site atwww.psychfoundation.org .
About Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI) is a successful, innovative,fast-growing healthcare company that commercializes Otsuka-discovered andother product opportunities in North America, with a strong focus on andcommitment to neuroscience, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal therapeutictreatments. OAPI is dedicated to improving patients' health and the qualityof human life. The company is part of the Otsuka Pharmaceutical Group, whichis comprised of 99 companies and approximately 31,000 people in 18 countriesand regions around the world. Otsuka and its consolidated subsidiaries earnedUS$7.2 billion in annual revenues in fiscal 2006. OAPI is wholly owned byOtsuka America, Inc. (OAI), which is the holding company for OtsukaPharmaceutical Co., Ltd.'s (OPC) interests in the US. OAI is wholly owned byOPC. For additional information, please visit www.otsuka.com .-- Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, is being awarded the grant for the HEALTHY MINDS FOR HEALTHY LIVES student-driven initiative that, in collaboration with local homeless shelters and community mental health agencies, will raise awareness about the impact of socioeconomic status, homelessness, and trauma on mental well being. -- Louisiana State University Medical School, New Orleans, LA, is being awarded the grant to establish a program to assess the mental health status of patients at the LSU Health Sciences Center Student Run Homeless Clinics. The program will include mental health screening tools; links to mental health services in the community and the education of patients on the importance of maintaining mental health will be included in this program. -- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine - Upper Peninsula (UP) Campus, Marquette, MI, is being awarded the grant for the "Upper Peninsula Maternal Emotional Support Program" to implement a networ