Counseling Center Cites "Samaritans"

President Sargent congratulates Linh Tran.


One individual and two teams were selected to receive this year’s Suffolk University Samaritan Awards. 

These awards are part of the University Counseling Center’s Action for Depression Awareness, Prevention, and Treatment (ADAPT) program. They are presented each year to individuals or groups that propose projects, events, and activities that address issues related to depression prevention or treatment.

Suffolk University President David J. Sargent presented awards of up to $1,000 to the winners so they can translate their ideas into action during the spring 2008 semester.

Samaritan Awards recipients

  • “Raising Awareness and Taking Action: The Impact of Racism on Mental Health” was developed by Students Taking Action Against Racism (STARR), a group founded by fourth-year clinical psychology doctorate students Shana Dangelo, Meredith Klump, and Lauren Mizock. The project seeks to educate the University community on the relationship of racism, discrimination, and mental health, especially depression. The group will sponsor speakers and workshops to address issues of racism as well as focus on how taking a stand on discrimination impacts emotional health.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication and Journalism Chris Clemens will work with students in his Media Production course to produce a DVD about depression and create a plan to distribute it throughout the campus.
  • The “Heightened Awareness” project was developed by Assistant Professor of Sociology Erika Gebo and undergraduate sociology majors Chantelle Hashem, Marisa Melo, and Shawna Ortega.  They will conduct a survey of undergraduate students to measure students’ perceptions of depression and the existing University support system.
  • A Samaritan Award Recognition certificate was presented to undergraduate student Linh Tran for the “Free Hugs” project.  She will put together a Free Hugs Team to be stationed around the campus on a designated day with the goal of giving out 100 hugs.  Hugging can help relieve stress and depression.

The ADAPT program is co-directed by Dr. Lynda Field and Dr. Paul Korn of the Counseling Center.

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