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K-State researcher receives award for contributions to rural mental health

Monday, October 15, 2007

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's Charlie L. Griffin has received the Victor I. Howery Memorial Award given each year by the National Association for Rural Mental Health to an individual who has made contributions to the rural mental health field.

Griffin, a research assistant professor of family studies and human services in K-State's College of Human Ecology, has been working with transitions in the agricultural sector and rural mental health outreach since 1985.

He is project director for Programs for Workplace Solutions and the Kansas Rural Family Helpline, which provides confidential, emotional support, information and referrals for rural families struggling with unmet emotional, medical, financial or legal need.

Additionally, Griffin is a partner in the seven-state "Sowing Seeds of Hope" coalition promoting accessible behavioral health services in agricultural communities.

Other work includes U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency Partnership projects, Helping Farm Families Make Sound Business Decisions, Family Farm Business Planning and Women Managing the Farm.

"These partnerships provide educational opportunities for Kansas farm and ranch families and advisers and consultants who work with those families," Griffin said.

In 2005, Griffin and Briana Nelson Goff, associate dean of the K-State College of Human Ecology and an associate professor in family studies and human services, developed the Kansas All-Hazards Behavioral Health program supporting disaster behavior health preparedness in Kansas.

Griffin assisted in the development of Kansas' agricultural mediation program and has provided assistance to organizations, boards of directors and communities with conflict resolution. His background is in marriage and family therapy, crisis intervention and rural mental health.

He teaches courses in conflict management and conflict resolution.

Source: Charlie Griffin, 785-532-2025, cgriffin@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Jane Marshall, 785-532-1519, jpm2@k-state.edu

This article was posted on Monday, October 15, 2007, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services.