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College of Central Florida faculty donate award funds to mental health organization

Faculty from the College of Central Florida Humanities and Social Sciences Department recently paid forward an award they received to further advance mental health awareness.

Last year, the CF team hosted a mental health awareness day inspired by the mission of the “Hi, How Are You Project,” a nonprofit that provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and education on mental well-being. The CF event featured free mental health counseling, screenings and information tables, as well as videos.

The event was made possible through a CF Humanities and Social Sciences Bank of America Grant and the CF Student Activities Board. As a result of the event, the CF faculty received a $500 Constellation Award, which is presented to a group of faculty who design and apply an innovative program, project, or course that has had a positive impact on student learning at CF, according to CF officials.

On August 13, CF faculty presented the award through a virtual presentation of $500 to the “Hi, How Are You Project,” which is based in Austin, Texas.

The foundation was created with the support of Daniel Johnston and Family. Johnston, who passed away in 2019, was a singer-songwriter and visual artist who struggled with mental health issues.

The organization inspires new conversations around mental health by funding and creating thoughtful media content, projects and events.