With only 30 days until the start of the MHIRT program, I’m feeling a little anxious. So far we have been given information about our trip and been asked to provide waivers and other paperwork for our participation. Earlier this month we were also provided with a brief description of 8 different potential projects that we might participate in for the program. We were asked to rank our top three choices and then the committee would decide which program we would be placed in for the duration of the program. The projects were all extremely interesting and included a variety of different topics. I would have been happy to work on any of the projects.
Ultimately I was assigned to work on a project dealing with mental stigma among healthcare professionals. I immediately sent my mentor an email introducing myself and I am extremely impressed with my mentor. She has written countless books and articles on the topic of mental health stigma; I feel extremely honored to be able to work with such an established and knowledgable professional. She sent several of the articles related to the project and the protocol for the current study. I am beyond excited as the time draws nearer.