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Why AMF, a HealGrief program, has made such an impact:

AMF is the first initiative of its kind: created by grieving college students for grieving college students. AMF has also benefited from the expertise of nonprofit leaders, professional staff, college mental health professionals, and bereavement experts.

Unlike generalized counseling services, AMF outlets are targeted to the specific population in need. AMF Chapter Leaders create a peer-led support group, which is NOT a counseling service, but rather a support system for grieving students to connect and share their experiences with other people who “get it.” Furthermore, AMF Campus Chapters provide an array of supportive opportunities. Many college students may be reluctant to participate in support groups or counseling and then for those who do, they too may benefit from more than one resource.

Furthermore, Chapter Leaders make meaning and find benefits by channeling their grief towards helping other students. They also benefit by participation in the Service Group. The Service Group provides a tangible and therapeutic benefit for the bereaved, a positive impact on the community at large, and an opportunity for friends of the bereaved to show their support. Abundant anecdotal evidence suggests that students, especially males, who may shy away from support groups and professional counseling, have found participation in AMF service activities to be a significantly therapeutic and often preferable outlet (Fajgenbaum, et al., 2012).

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