USF’s Psychiatry Department receives commendation from Tampa City Council

Glenn Currier, MD, professor and chair of the USF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, was presented with a formal commendation and plaque April 28 when the Tampa City Council acknowledged the Department for its efforts in addressing issues surrounding mental illness, from community education to treatment.

City Councilwoman Lisa Montelione, who initiated the resolution, presented Dr. Currier with the commendation and addressed the council on the success of the USF Department.

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Councilwoman Lisa Montelione with Dr. Glenn Currier at the April 28 meeting of the Tampa City Council.

Formal wording for the Tampa City Council commendation is as follows:

Tampa City Council commends the faculty, staff, and students with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine for engaging the community about the realities of living with a mental illness.  As mental illness is largely misunderstood in our society, the need for trained mental and behavioral health experts to educate the community is great.  Tampa City Council applauds the University of South Florida, one of the area’s largest and most prestigious institutions, for committing their academic resources towards addressing this issue.      

Tampa City Council proudly recognizes the department’s efforts to reduce the stigma associated with mental through conducting informational lectures, expert discussion panels, and film screenings. This will serve to enlighten many in the university system and our community to the seldom seen realities of living with a mental illness. Your inaugural community engagement initiative will serve as a launching pad for changing how we think about and care for the mentally ill. 

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Dr. Glenn Currier.