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American Psychiatric Foundation Announces Recipients of 2008 Helping Hands Grants

Awards Honoring Medical Students for Community Mental Health Service Projects Supported by a Grant From Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

ROCKVILLE, Md., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Psychiatric Foundation (APF) has named five universities as the recipients of Helping Hands Grants. Each school will receive a $5,000 grant for a community mental health service project initiated and managed by medical students under the supervision of medical faculty. The awards are made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

The American Psychiatric Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing public understanding that mental illnesses are real and can be effectively treated, approved the following grants:

-- Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, is being awarded the grant for

the HEALTHY MINDS FOR HEALTHY LIVES student-driven initiative that, in

collaboration with local homeless shelters and community mental health

agencies, will raise awareness about the impact of socioeconomic

status, homelessness, and trauma on mental well being.

-- Louisiana State University Medical School, New Orleans, LA, is being

awarded the grant to establish a program to assess the mental health

status of patients at the LSU Health Sciences Center Student Run

Homeless Clinics. The program will include mental health screening

tools; links to mental health services in the community and the

education of patients on the importance of maintaining mental health

will be included in this program.

-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine - Upper Peninsula

(UP) Campus, Marquette, MI, is being awarded the grant for the "Upper

Peninsula Maternal Emotional Support Program" to implement a network of

Postpartum Depression (PPD) risk assessment screening opportunities,

professional educational curriculums and integrated community outreach

efforts for all new mothers in the Upper Peninsula. This program will

establish a consistent risk assessment screening program for PPD at

Marquette General Hospital, educate health professionals in the use of

PPD screening tools, and provide outreach and community resources to

at-risk mothers to reach 2,300 patients, physicians and staff.

-- SUNY Downstate Medical School, Brooklyn, NY, is being awarded the grant

to create a screening program that would help recognize psychiatric

disorders in women. Working in collaboration with psychiatrists from

the Project for Psychiatric Outreach to the Homeless (PPOH), students

will screen women, provide educational awareness for co-morbid

conditions of homelessness, substance abuse, and psychiatric disorders

such as PTSD and major depressive disorder.

-- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Amarillo, Amarillo, TX, is

being awarded the grant for the expansion of current services offered

to rural areas that are underserved and underrepresented in the Texas

Panhandle. West Texas remains one of the most medically underserved

areas in the country and the program will expand the innovative

activities of its Alzheimer's Academy to include awareness of

depression, early recognition by screening, and referral to mental

health providers. Education will include addressing the stigma due to

the misconceptions that involve depression in older adults.

"We are proud to support the Helping Hands Awards Program as part of our commitment to help eliminate health disparities among underserved populations," said Hiromi Yoshikawa, chairman and chief executive officer of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. "Otsuka congratulates the award recipients and applauds their efforts toward advancing minority mental health."

"We are pleased to be able to provide grants to these dedicated medical students," said Richard Harding MD, president of the American Psychiatric Foundation. "Through the generous charitable gift from Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. and the initiative of these students, communities are improving the quality of mental health services for the underserved."

The Helping Hands Grant Program raises awareness of mental illness and the importance of early recognition and builds an interest amongst medical students in psychiatry and working in underserved communities.

About the American Psychiatric Foundation

The American Psychiatric Foundation is the philanthropic and educational arm of the American Psychiatric Association. The mission of the foundation is to advance understanding that mental illnesses are real and can be effectively treated. For more information, please visit the foundation's Web site at .

About Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI) is a successful, innovative, fast-growing healthcare company that commercializes Otsuka-discovered and other product opportunities in North America, with a strong focus on and commitment to neuroscience, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal therapeutic treatments. OAPI is dedicated to improving patients' health and the quality of human life. The company is part of the Otsuka Pharmaceutical Group, which is comprised of 99 companies and approximately 31,000 people in 18 countries and regions around the world. Otsuka and its consolidated subsidiaries earned US$7.2 billion in annual revenues in fiscal 2006. OAPI is wholly owned by Otsuka America, Inc. (OAI), which is the holding company for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.'s (OPC) interests in the US. OAI is wholly owned by OPC. For additional information, please visit .

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