Mental Health Challenges





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Pocatello, Idaho

Total Budget: $1,925

Areas of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment, Basic education and literacy, Community economic development

Activity Type: Health: General

Summary: Apply cognitive based therapy in clear, effective ways to help people deal with mental health challenges that impact in school or work.

Rotarian Heather Murray's book Get a Grip and lesson plan help deal with mental health challenges. About 50 people participated in the evaluation process that resulted in integrating guided exercises into a re-organized book. Evidence shows that a growing number of organizations and businesses are interested in adapting these cognitive behavioral therapy principles. Evidence shows that the demand for professional counseling services to deal with trauma, addiction and life dysfunctions exceed community capacity. Project evaluation by professional psychologists and counselors indicate that extension of the Get a Grip project into the 2021-2022 Rotary year can help to deal with mental challenges that reduce employee effectiveness such as self-doubt, anxiety, de-motivation, fear of failure and more.

The proposed project contributes to three of the seven Rotary areas of focus: disease prevention and treatment, basic education and literacy and economic and community development. Continuation and expansion of the Get a Grip project can achieve the following levels of effort.

• Expand the number of facilitators who can guide learning and exercises.

• Expand the network of professional counselors who believe that the Get a Grip program is a useful supplement to their practices.

• Media marketing campaign to inform and illustrate organization leaders and members or associates of Get a Grip effectiveness in dealing with mental health challenges. In early stages, lessons learned from current businesses and educators eager to participate can help this activity adaptively improve.

• Get a Grip speakers bureau to deliver short informative presentations to service clubs, church groups, business groups and others.

• Centennial Rotary project leaders will explore continuing this project in some form of non-profit organization to expand assistance for mental health challenges in Idaho and beyond.

Proposed grant budget same as in 2020-21. D-5400 matching grant of $1,150, Centennial match of $775 for total $1,925 in accordance with D-5400 guidelines.

Project Contact Person

District: 5400

Rotary Club of: Pocatello-Centennial

Primary Contact: Larry Gebhardt

Email: lpgebhardt@gmail.com

Project Status

This project is "Signed". This means that the signatures from the club leadership have been collected. This project is now being reviewed by the district leadership for approval. Once a decision is made, the status of the project will be changed to "Approved".

Project listed for the 2021-22 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Pocatello-Centennial (5400)









Project Supporting Documents

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History Log Entries


by Laurence P Gebhardt

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Marianne Barker

Thank you for your application! To improve it, please change the title to "Mental Health Services" or something like that would quickly inform an outsider what the project is about. It's recommended that you remove the details of previous project getting right to the specifics of what this grant project is intended to accomplish. You can ask for $1,282 of DDF in a tier 2 project in 2021-22 if you'd like to change your financing.


by Marianne Barker

In order to be considered for funding, your grant application must be signed by the primary contact person and the club president no later than June 1, 2021. To initiate the process, click the "start signature process" button on the Administration side of the Description tab. Do not send to district leaders for signatures, send only to the two responsible club members.


by Laurence P Gebhardt

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Laurence P Gebhardt

System Entry: Project signed by Larry Gebhardt.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Heather Murray.

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