M-HOPES: Mental Health Initiative

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The Mental Health Opportunities for Professional Empowerment in STEM (M-HOPES) is a collaborative project led by Montana Technological University, Montana State University Billings, and the University of Montana and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal of this project is to design, pilot, assess, and implement evidence-based, sustainable and replicable strategies to facilitate and enhance graduate-student mental health across all three campuses.

Our objectives are to:

  • Build a set of innovative, inclusive, evidence-based experiences that enable diverse STEM graduate students to acquire skills for positive mental health and resilience
  • Provide innovative professional-development experiences for STEM faculty advisors to support graduate-student mental health and transform the cultures of their departments to become more inclusive
  • Pilot the scale-up and expansion of these innovations to other campus settings