Lyons Central School District recently received the 2017 Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award.
The $4,000 award will support a youth mental first aid program to train school staff, coaches and parents in helping children and teens when they are experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.
“This mental health first aid training can be the difference between a cry for help being recognized or going unnoticed,” said Jay Roscup, LCSD grants administrator. “Combining caring hearts with this additional knowledge of when and how to help will improve our ability to serve our students.”
LCSD is one of 11 Finger Lakes organizations selected among 200 applications to receive an award. Each award recipient received up to $4,000 of $110,500 allocated by the company to help fund health and wellness program in its 31-county upstate region. Overall, 36 upstate New York organizations earned a 2017 Community Health Award.
“We were impressed by the way in which the Community Health Award winners were tackling some of our toughest community challenges,” said Holly Snow, director of community health engagement at Excellus BCBS. “We’re thrilled to be supporting programs that help people in our communities live healthier and more secure lives.”
Overall, organizations in the Finger Lakes region were allocated $35,000. Award recipients include Borinquen Dance Theatre Inc., Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester, Child Care Council Inc., Foodlink, Mental Health Association, RESOLVE of Greater Rochester, Samaritan Center of Excellence, Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach and Willow Domestic Violence Center.