Recently, Lawrence was awarded a $25,000 grant from the J.J. Keller Foundation for suicide prevention training. Kathleen Fuchs, director of counseling services and adjunct associate professor of psychology, explained that the J.J. Keller Foundation is a “local company that often supports health and mental health efforts” in the Appleton community. The J.J. Keller Foundation grant comes only a few months after Lawrence received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. While this SAMHSA grant continues to support Lawrence and other local higher education institutions, Fuchs explained that the J.J. Keller Foundation grant will allow Lawrence to extend support to other local organizations. “Our SAMHSA grant supports our on campus efforts and can be shared with our local higher education partners like Fox Valley Technical College and UW-Fox,” Fuchs elaborated. “With the Keller grant, we can now broaden our reach into the community to share suicide prevention efforts with many organizations that reach youth.” Keller noted that with the J.J. Keller Foundation grant, Lawrence will be able to contribute educational and training materials about suicide prevention with local school districts and other nonprofit agencies like Harmony Café and the Boys and Girls Club. Lawrence plans to invite these community organizations to seminars and training workshops, facilitated with the J.J. Keller Foundation grant money. The seminars and training workshops will provide participants with skills designed to pique awareness about emotional suffering. Fuchs described the primary goal of both the SAMHSA and the J.J. Keller Foundation grants, noting that the training provided with the grant money seeks to “make it easier for individuals to acknowledge emotional distress and ask for help and support.” Specifically, Fuchs noted that the training will prepare “caring people … to approach others about whom they are concerned and assist them in connecting with needed assistance and support.” Fuchs emphasized the importance of removing the “stigma about mental health” and extending support throughout the Fox Valley community. The suicide prevention training grants are only the beginning of Lawrence’s larger effort to more effectively educate its community members about suicide prevention programs. Fuchs explained that the “initial states of these grants are focused on planning and laying the groundwork for more widespread activities and initiatives.” The SAMHSA and the recently awarded J.J. Keller Foundation grants will allow Lawrence to spend the next three years creating a more conscientious and educated community about suicide prevention. Fuchs hopes that as Lawrence students, faculty and staff “become familiar with this suicide prevention initiative,” they “will find a way to feel that they are part of our efforts to reinforce the caring nature of the Lawrence community.