ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2020

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2020, 15,159 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2020 on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations.  80 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,000+ Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2020 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. 

UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT ANNA L BRENNAN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.

Salisbury University | Maryland, United States | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 6

" I am excited to be a part of the Millennium Fellowship because it provides me with the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people to advocate for the well-being of Mental Health patients world-wide. I am looking forward to connecting with other motivated young people to make a global impact on Mental Health treatment. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Suicide Prevention Model: Open Dialogue Therapy

This project is creating a feasible model to see the impact of the wide-spread use of Open Dialogue Therapy techniques in Mental Health treatment in the United States. The goal of this project is to predict the economic and medical outcomes of this method on a national scale, including national suicide rates. Open Dialogue Therapy was created by researchers from Lapland, Finland in the 1980s in response to a rapid increase in psychosis patients. The technique is different than common techniques in the U.S.A. because patients are not prescribed medications until it is concluded that they are not responding to any other treatment method.

In the first phase of the project, a predictive model will be created mimicking the greater economic and health care impacts of the implementation of this technique in Finland. This model will be translated to reveal those impacts into the U.S.A. The second phase of this project will be an outreach to Psychiatric facilities, providing a pre- and post-presentation survey on the likelihood of the Practices to implement the therapy technique as a treatment option. This survey will include questions ranging from the practitioner's previous knowledge of the method to their perception of its effectiveness.

About the Millennium Fellow

Anna Brennan is a Richard A. Henson Scholar pursuing a dual degree in Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies at SU. She is part of the Bellavance Honors College and holds several leadership positions such as Henson Honors Ambassador, Managing Editor of the Laridae Academic Journal, and Undergraduate Research Fellow with the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity at SU. Anna serves as a student representative on the Henson Student Leadership Advisory Committee. She has also earned recognition on the Dean's list each semester and was recently been awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholar in March of this year.

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