Dale Fryxell, PhD, is the project director for the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The professor of Psychology at Chaminade University also serves as the clinical director for Chaminade’s School Counseling program.

E HO’OPILI NO NA HAUMANA PROJECT FOCUSES ON PREVENTING SUICIDE AND PROMOTING POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH

HONOLULU—August 13, 2012–The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded Chaminade University a campus suicide prevention grant in the amount of $301,044 in support of the university’s E Ho’opili No Na Haumana project.  The total project costs $650,000 and will include a non-federal match funding of approximately $350,000. The three-year project runs from August 1, 2012, to July 31, 2015 and will provide a coordinated system of education, assessment and care related to preventing suicide and building positive mental health for students attending Chaminade.

“We are excited to be able to implement this collaborative project which will not only enhance the overall wellness of everyone on campus but will also expand the mental health support that we are able to provide for all of our students, parents, faculty, and staff,” said Dale Fryxell, PhD, the project director and Chaminade University Psychology professor and the clinical director of the university’s School Counseling program.

The university’s student population of about 2,800 is broad based and includes on campus and commuter students, full and part-time students, day, evening, and online students, as well as undergraduate and graduate students. Students who are veterans or active military or part of military families are also included. The project plans to develop training programs for students and campus personnel, create a networking infrastructure, develop and implement educational seminars, and create college-based hotlines and promote linkage to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. The project also hopes to develop or obtain informational materials for students, and educational materials for families of students.

Dale Fryxell, Ph.D., the project director, has taken major responsibility for the project. Dr. Fryxell is currently a professor of Psychology at Chaminade University, and the clinical director for Chaminade’s School Counseling program. He has worked on significant projects before including spearheading the Malama Pono Mentoring Children of Prisoners Project, which was also supported through a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services. His areas of interest include angry and aggressive behaviors, disability issues and prevention programs. Dr. Fryxell also published the article “Three Models for Providing Mental Health Services to Students and Their Families” in the Proceedings of the 2003 Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling.

Chaminade’s psychology program emphasizes the development of the whole person: mental, behavioral, emotional, and spiritual. The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) program is designed to prepare graduates for work in the community and schools, assisting children, youth, and adults in adapting to various educational, family, organizational, and societal demands. Students pursuing an MSCP degree have the choice to specialize in one of three areas: School Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, and Marriage and Family Counseling.

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 9681, which is its main campus. It also has nine satellite locations around Oahu. Chaminade University is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and looks forward to increased opportunities to promote environmental sustainability. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711. ###

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