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Dr. Eugenia Curet to be honored by Texas Suicide Prevention Council

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS-JULY 9, 2013-Dr. Eugenia Curet, Assistant Dean of Counseling and Medical Services at The University of Texas at Brownsville, has been awarded the 2013 Leadership on University Campuses and in the Community Award by the Texas Suicide Prevention Council.

Dr. Eugenia CuretDr. Eugenia Curet displays a Suicide Prevention Leadership Award from the Texas Suicide Prevention Council she received during the recent symposium in Dallas, Texas.

Curet will receive the award at the Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium in Irving, Texas, on Wednesday, July 10.

“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of my entire team and the university,” said Curet. “This award validates all of our efforts in implementing our suicide prevention program.”

Curet is being recognized for her leadership in implementing training to more than 200 faculty, staff and students in assessment and intervention strategies for addressing suicide issues. The program was made possible by a three-year grant in the amount of $284,377 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

“The SAMHSA grant was initiated so that colleges and universities could train peer mentors, staff and faculty to be aware of symptoms of mental health distress in students,” said Curet, who was the principal investigator for the project.

Educational seminars on suicide prevention were hosted campus-wide. The training focused on how to recognize and respond to students’ mental health and behavioral needs. Student Health Services also established a health care provider network in collaboration with the Tropical Texas Behavioral Health Agency to provide students with emergency care during evenings and weekends when the campus clinic was closed.

Along with campus personnel, counselors and nurses from The University of Texas Pan American, staff from the Valley AIDS council  and officers from Brownsville Police Department and UTB Campus Police received training at their respective locations.

Public health, with a focus on substance abuse, has been a focus of Curet’s career. The native of Puerto Rico said she was inspired by the women in her life.

“Both my grandmothers were a midwife and a counselor respectively, and my mother was a school teacher. They were passionate women committed to serve their communities,” Curet said.

Curet earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Goddard College in 1974. She received a master’s degree in social work with a specialty in psychiatry from New York University. She was awarded her Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration on substance abuse and public health from Union Graduate Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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