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 D-5400 matching grant of $1,282, Centennial match of $643 for total $1,925 in accordance with D-5400 guidelines updated Aug 2, 2021.