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The University of South Alabama College of Medicine Psychiatry Student Interest Group Network (PsychSIGN) recently received the Helping Hands Grant from the American Psychiatric Foundation.
PsychSIGN is a student interest group for USA medical students interested in a career as a psychiatrist.
This is the second year the student organization has received the award. The members of the organization used the grant to host a mental health awareness event at Flea Market Mobile on Nov. 14, 2015.
The medical students handed out bags containing information about mental health issues and aimed to educate people about symptoms of mental illnesses such as depression, substance abuse and anxiety. Complimentary blood pressure screenings were also offered.
“I really enjoyed being able to interact with the community,” said medical student Lindsey Stewart, PsychSIGN chapter president. “The flea market provided us the opportunity to reach a variety of people with our message. Most people are unaware that mental health is just as important as our physical health.”
PsychSIGN is a national network of medical students interested in psychiatry, from those with a rough interest in the brain and mind to those already in the residency application and match process. PsychSIGN is comprised of psychiatry interest groups at medical schools across the country.
Click here for more information on USA PsychSIGN.
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