This proposal is to implement Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) in two South Carolina Counties (Newberry County: population 37,500 and Saluda County: population 20,000). To improve the counties' ability to identify youth in need of behavioral health services, we have identified adolescents aged 12 to 18 who are universally at risk for behavioral health disorders. Over the course of the three years, 310 First Aiders will be trained in each county by 1 of 6 Instructors. There is a significant need to link this population to services as demonstrated in data showing early alcohol and drug use, mental health issues (e.g., including externalizing behaviors, suicidality, etc.), and minimal access to the accessibility and availability of services. The closure of the mental health center in Saluda County in August 2011 has been a significant challenge for the population who now has to drive at least 30 minutes to receive services in a neighboring county. The existing referral resources within both counties will primarily include the behavioral health agencies (e.g., Westview Behavioral Health and Saluda Behavioral Health), Beckman Mental Health Center, and the schools. This is in addition to the existing health resources such as 911, Newberry Hospital, Poison Control, Crises Lines, and Emergency Rooms. There are no psychiatrists that serve adolescents in Saluda or Newberry County. Medical staff, such as psychiatrists and other physicians, will be accessed through the South Carolina Department of Mental Health or the Child Psychiatric Units as part of the hospitals in Columbia, SC.
Great Falls, Montana has a population of 5,021 adolescents aged 12-18 years with 25% residing in military families, 25% residing in poverty (75% in generational poverty), and 11% American Indian. One third of students grades 8-12 are involved in substance abuse; adolescents are disproportionately (compared to similar Montana Counties) involved in violent and criminal behavior; 35% are at high risk for engagement in problem behaviors; 46% reported depression, 30% serious depression, 19% seriously contemplated suicide and 14% completed suicide. This project will improve access to care and reduce adolescent depression, suicidal ideation and suicide completion and reduce mental health stigma and discrimination. Proposed strategies and interventions are to: improve the mental health literacy of adults who interact with adolescents and saturate Great Falls with Youth Mental Health First Aiders to improve recognition and response to early signs of behavioral distress and/or mental illness; develop and implement a social marketing campaign to reduce mental health stigma and discrimination; and facilitate implementation of a formal collaboration mechanism to facilitate sustainment of the project and coordination of programs and resources. The primary project goal is to improve adolescent emotional and behavioral health.
The Compeer of Greater Buffalo Project AWARE will serve approximately 2,600 transition-age youth who are students at Erie Community College (ECC), City Campus, in Buffalo, New York. These youth were selected as the target population because of the multiple risk factors for behavioral health challenges they face, and the fact that very few mental health services are provided by ECC. Students at ECC are representative of the diversity of the community. As of the spring 2015 semester, the racial/ethnic distribution was: 39% White, 36% African American, 10% Hispanic, 5% multi-race, 3% Asian, 1% Native American/Alaska Native, and the remaining were Other/Unknown. Six percent of students were foreign-born (immigrant or refugee), and 13% spoke English as a second language. Approximately 40% were female and 60% were male. Thirty-one percent were age 19 or younger, and 66% were age 24 or younger. Seventy-three percent were low-to-moderate income, as demonstrated by eligibility for federal Pell and/or state TAP grants. The project will train four additional adults as Mental Health First Aid Instructors and 500 additional adults as First Aiders. Objectives of the project include: reduce self-reported depression, anxiety, and behavior consistent with substance use disorders among the targeted youth by at least 15% per year; increase the mental health literacy of adults in the community by training at least one adult in MHFA for every five transition-age youth in the community; increase the number of referrals for behavioral health screening, assessment, or treatment by 10% in Year 1, 15% in Year Two, and 20% in Year 3, compared to baseline; and increase the number of youth in the target population who access behavioral health resources by 10% by the end of Year 3.
The behavioral health division of Tanner Medical Center, Inc.-Willowbrooke at Tanner will implement "Now is the Time" Project AWARE-Community Grants (NITT-AWARE-C) program and its community-wide implementation of Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), in order to amplify efforts toward building a full continuum of multi-level behavioral health services and supports for over 45,000 adolescents (ages 12-18) in Carroll, Bartow, Paulding and Coweta counties. Tanner, in partnership with area behavioral health service providers and other youth-serving community agencies in Carroll, Bartow, Paulding and Coweta counties, will certify 12 YMHFA instructors over the three-year NITT-AWARE-C project period, who will in turn train a total of 2,650 YMHFA First Aiders (920 in Year 1; 855 in Year 2; and 875 in Year 3).
The NITT-AWARE-C Davis County Empowering our Leaders Program (NITT-AWARE-C Davis County) will expand to help the 36,596 County adolescent youth, ages 12-18, achieve positive behavioral health. At least 2,000 youth will participate in community events or other awareness activities that promote positive behavioral health by December 21, 2018. The Davis HELPS (Health Education and Law Enforcement Programs) Coalition will be the NITT-AWARE-C Davis County program's advisory and leadership team and will be the guide for achieving our goal of reducing suicide deaths in Davis County from 14.3 deaths to 10.2 deaths per 100,000 population by the year 2020. (Healthy People 2020 Target) Another goal is to decrease the number of Davis School District students in grades 8, 10, and 12 who had K6 scores of 12 or more indicating psychological distress and need for mental health treatment from 16.8% in 2013 to 13.8% in 2019. Individuals from the Davis HELPS coalition agencies will be trained as Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Instructors and teach monthly YMHFA training classes to Davis County youth-serving adults. Each class will train 25 YMHFA "First Aiders". Twelve trainings will be held, 9 in English and 3 in Spanish to meet our goal of training 300 YMHFA "First Aiders" in year one. In years two and three 375 youth-serving adults will be empowered with YMHFA through 12 trainings held in English and three held in Spanish.
This project will serve transition age youth (TAY) and the adults that work most closely with them at 12 colleges and universities in 11 distinct census tracts in Worcester County, Massachusetts. Working closely with the identified colleges and universities, Community Healthlink will train over 1,100 adults on campus to become Mental Health First Aid "First Aiders" that will be know how to recognize TAY with emergent mental health issues and will refer them to area behavioral health service providers for assessment and treatment. Project success will be measured by: a decrease in the percentage of TAY who report depression or anxiety; an increase in the percentage of adults who are trained as MHFA First Aiders; and an increase in the percentage of TAY referred to behavioral health service screening, assessment, or treatment.
The purpose of "Now is the Time" Project AWARE RobCo is to promote healthy development for youth ages 12-17 in Robertson County, TN. The goal is to expand the capacity of youth-serving adults to identify mental health issues in school-age youth, assist those experiencing a mental health crisis, identify, and refer youth in-need to appropriate professional services. Over the 3-year grant period, Family and Children's Services of Nashville will certify and maintain 8 core Youth Mental Health First Aid (YHMFA) Instructors who in turn will train 1,111 "First Aiders". In addition, Project AWARE RobCo staff, certified Instructors, and First Aiders will help increase access for over 11,000 Robertson County Schools' students to mental health services through the initiation of a comprehensive, integrated referral system designed to address the need for early identification of developmental and/or behavioral concerns, and link youth and their families to community-based developmental and behavioral supports.
Southwest Indiana Project AWARE will strengthen community capacity to respond to adolescent mental health needs by bolstering community partnership and increasing the number of youth interacting adults in Vanderburgh and Warrick County Indiana who are trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). Sub-populations include Black, Hispanic, and LGBT, homeless or near homeless, low-income affluent, racially and ethnically diverse, involved in the juvenile justice system, have a parent in jail, residing in foster care or residential treatment centers, from single-parent homes, have poor parent supports, involved in parent conflict, those with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), alienated youth and children with special healthcare needs (CSHCN). The number of people to be served is as follows: Adolescents age 12-18: 20,547 served annually and throughout the funding period. New YMHFA Instructors (adults age 19+): 11 served annually and throughout the funding period. New First Aiders (adults age 19+): 250 served annually, 750 through the funding period. The SWI Project AWARE-C aims to achieve the following objectives: by August 2016, YMHFA Instructors will increase from 2 to 13; by August 2018, there will be an increase from 239 to 989 people trained in YMHFA; by August 018, .54% of adults will be trained as YMHFA Instructors and/or First Aiders; at the end of each training, 95% of participants will increase confidence in ability to recognize, communicate, and provide assistance to adolescents with a MH challenge; 95% will increase confidence in own awareness of MH issues; there will be a 30% cumulative increase in the number of adolescents referred to youth serving community agencies/programs; by August 2016 (and maintained annually), there will be 15 youth serving community partners with staff trained in YMHFA; and annually, 90% of participants will report positive attitudes toward individuals with mental health problems.
Grundy County Health Department will address mental health and substance abuse needs among Grundy youth ages 12 to 18 years by effectively saturating the county with adults trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid. The project proposes to impact the lives of 8,000 Grundy youth by training 400 adults in Youth Mental Health First Aid over the course of three years (year 1 = 100, year 2 = 150, year 3 = 150). Five instructors will train teachers and other school personnel, faith-based leaders, extracurricular mentors, and business owners. The Help4U Referral Resource Guide will be available in paper copy as well as web-based for easy and discrete access. Grundy County Health Department, in partnership with local school systems and youth-serving agencies, will address mental health and substance abuse needs among Grundy youth.
Mental Health First Aid for Youth in Transition is a project co-sponsored by Outreach Community Health Centers, Inc. and Lad Lake, Inc. that is designed to improve the mental health literacy of adults who come into contact with transition-aged youth and, through them, the proportion of youth who access mental health supports earlier in the progression of their illness. The project is designed to complement a similar effort undertaken by the Milwaukee Public Schools District so as to provide the widest and most diverse geographic reach through Milwaukee County while concentrating efforts and targeting out-of-school, disconnected and/or marginalized youth (16-24) in some of Milwaukee's poorest and most troubled neighborhoods. Primary project activities include the training of 30 area "Mental Health First Aiders" comprised of neighborhood leaders, private/charter school educators, municipal police departments, transit and library workers, neighborhood centers and associations, communities of faith and youth-serving organizations. In turn, these 30 instructors will provide MHFA training to at least 5,625 other adults in the community who have the opportunity to encounter and engage transition-aged youth. It is expected that the number of youth between the ages of 16-24 who present for services at area behavioral health organizations to increase by 20%. As a related objective, project activities are designed to increase by 20% the number of youth who seek services for mental health conditions prior to those conditions progressing to serious mental illness.
Sacramento City Unified School District's (SCUSD) Meadowview Project AWARE program will build on its existing structures, programs and partnerships to increase the mental health literacy of adults who interact with adolescents through YMHFA trainings for adults in Sacramento's Meadowview neighborhood. Three teams of YMHFA Instructors will train at least 525 adults over the three-year grant period. SCUSD selected Sacramento's Meadowview neighborhood to be targeted for Project AWARE's grant activities in part because the neighborhood has so few services in its geographic area. It is truly a desert of resources. Gang activity, street crime, violent crime, poverty, poor health, unemployment, homelessness, incarceration, and immigration issues all contribute to the mental health issues seen in students who attend Rosa Parks K-8, John Still K-8, and Luther Burbank High Schools, the schools named in the grant. Two YMHFA Instructors and SCUSD staff were certified in February 2015. A community agency, La Familia, will partner with SCUSD to provide two certified YMHFA Instructors for YMHFA trainings once a year to Spanish -speaking parents and community members in Meadowview. Two new YMHFA Instructors will be certified in fall 2015.
The purpose of Project AWARE Kent is to provide MHFA to Kent State University (KSU) students and staff who interact with the 20,606 KSU transition-aged college students at the KSU main campus. This will be accomplished by saturating the campus, at an estimated ratio of 1:28.6, with at least 720 individuals trained as First Aiders. A total of 20,606 undergraduate and graduate students between the ages of 18-24 were enrolled on the main KSU campus per 2015 spring institutional research data. The majority of KSU students are female, Caucasian and heterosexual. Slightly over one third of students are low income, and 7.5% self-report as LGBT. Almost 35% of KSU female students and 43% of KSU male students between age 18-24 report binge drinking and 19% of students report illegal drug use in the past 30 days. Almost one third of students (30.9%) reported thinking about getting help for mental health problems like depression, anxiety or other issue while they have been a student at KSU an average of 7.5 separate times, but only 42.9% actually sought help. Consequently, we propose to increase the mental health literacy at the university level through the following goals and objectives: eight individuals comprising members of surrounding mental health community agencies and the university will be trained to deliver the MHFA program; train a minimum of 720 individuals as MHFA First Aiders over the life of the project (240 individuals per year of the project); at least 5% of members of student organizations will participate in the 8-hour MHFA training over the course of the 3-year project period and be trained as MH First Aiders; initiate a modest, but vital social marketing and awareness campaign to further increase awareness of mental health and remind individuals of their responsibilities as First Aiders; and increase from baseline in the number of students receiving referrals for services/screenings at university-based counseling centers and community agencies.
An analysis of student enrollment data reveals that the overwhelming majority of target students in the Abbeville County School District (2,125 students or 55%) meet the age guideline for Youth Mental Health First Aid. The training plan calls for six individuals to be trained in YMHFA over the course of three years. Three programmatic goals and eleven objectives have been established for the proposed project that will drive the overall endeavor: Increase Capacity Of Abbeville County To Respond To The Behavioral Health Issues Of School-Aged Youth; conduct Outreach & Engagement Strategies With School-Aged Youth, Their Families, and Adults in the Community To Increase Awareness Of And Promote Positive Mental Health; increase The Mental Health Literacy Of School Personnel And Other Adults From The Community Who Interact With School-Aged Youth Via YMHFA Training.
Spartanburg County, South Carolina is the leading state-wide trainer of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), is partnering with Spartanburg County's Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) team to make a demonstrable change in the treatment of transition-aged youth and community awareness of behavioral health issues. By increasing the number of MHFA Instructors from 4 to 9, SC Thrive will train at least 1,200 Spartanburg County residents who interact with transition-aged youth over the three-year grant period. With 37,000 individuals in Spartanburg County between the ages of 16-24 and a SAMHSA estimate of mental illness in SC among adults of 19.56% we can estimate a population of mental illness-affected individuals of 7,237 in the targeted group. With the Year Three trained cadre of 1,200 MH First Aiders, this would allow for a ratio of one Mental Health First Aider per 4.02 affected individuals. SC Thrive proposes to promote three free mobile phone apps on all referral materials given to transition-aged youth. MindShift, SAM and Co-Active are three highly-rated apps. Twenty-five SC Thrive sites that people have come to know and trust is operating in Spartanburg County. The online application system also includes applications for medications through Welvista, a service that offers free prescriptions through Patient Assistance Programs. SC Thrive pairs the application system with Charity Tracker, an online case management and referral system that has revolutionized a community's ability to gather measurement and performance data. Focus on data-driven community impact will allow for monitoring of changes in public attitude toward admitting to and accepting behavioral health issues.
The Ferguson Area Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) project will train 2,025 adults to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and connect youth in need to treatment and resources. Teachers, parents, law enforcement personnel, mentors, individuals from faith communities, and agency providers in Ferguson, Missouri and surrounding communities in North St. Louis County will receive YMHFA training. The project team will leverage Missouri's substantial YMHFA expertise and build a network of First Aiders to serve and support primarily African American adolescents ages 12-18 in and around Ferguson. Youth in the area are extremely vulnerable to serious mental health challenges because of poverty and racial and ethnic disparities, compounded by community violence and protests. The project's goal will be achieved through the following objectives: train 12 new YMHFA instructors from youth-serving partner organizations in the Ferguson community and surrounding areas; train 2,025 First Aiders (600 in year 1, 675 in year 2, and 750 in year 3 by conducting 81 high quality YMHFA courses in the greater-Ferguson community; and strengthen relationships with mental health service providers in the Ferguson area to facilitate youth mental health referrals. The Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) at the University of Missouri-St. Louis will serve as the lead agency in partnership with community members and three well-respected organizations including Behavioral Health Response, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, and Great Circle.
Clinical and Support Options, of Western Massachusetts (Hampshire, Franklin and northwestern Worcester (North Quabbin) Counties), plan to offer Mental Health First Aid, both youth and adult, to those in our communities who are in a position to make a difference: public school and college/university faculty and staff, primary care providers, community-based agency staff, first responders/law enforcement and juvenile court personnel. There are 33,534 youth 10-19 in the tri-county service area. YMHFA training will be provided at three of five outpatient centers and in community venues in the counties' population centers: Greenfield in Franklin County, Athol in the North Quabbin area and Northampton in Hampshire County. Through partnering with Communities that Care and the Collaborative for Educational Services, widespread marketing and community outreach in general mental health awareness as well as to publicize free YMHFA training for any resident will be achieved. CSO will coordinate an information and referral process in which all participants will be trained. Instructors will also be certified in three specialties: Rural Audiences, Higher Education and Public Safety. The project's goals will be achieved through the following objectives: to teach community members how to support the individual and to help seek appropriate treatment for them by training 650 people in YMHFA; to reduce the stigma of mental illness in our communities; and foster an understanding of mental illness in trainees and in the community at large through increasing public awareness in every segment of the community through a process of community outreach and marketing. Six Instructors will be certified in YMHFA, who will train 650 community residents over three years.
Nearly one in five teens in Indiana has considered suicide in the past year, the highest rate in the nation. Eleven percent of teens have actually attempted suicide, the second highest national rate. Hamilton Center's "Now is the Time" Project AWARE will directly addresses these sobering statistics. The project represents collaboration with many community-based youth-serving organizations in a ten county geographic catchment area located in west-central Indiana. The project will train 30 individuals from youth-serving, community-based organizations in the geographic catchment area as certified YMHFA Instructors. By the end of year three of the grant period, the YMHFA Instructors will conduct approximately 210 YMHFA workshops, training at least 3000 individuals as First Aiders. Hamilton Center is partnering with Affiliated Service Providers of Indiana, Inc. (ASPIN) who will serve as the evaluator for the project.
"Building Capacity and Collaboration through Public Education in Rural Maine Counties" is a proposal by NAMI Maine, focused on delivering Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Trainings to three high-need, resource-poor counties: Piscataquis, Somerset and Washington. As a result of this project, each contract year, 200 individuals in each of the three counties will be certified, for a total of 1,800 total individuals trained. These are the three lowest-ranked counties in the state of Maine for both health factors and outcomes, with the collective population accounting for 7% of Maine's total population. In each county an advisory board of six to ten members will be formed to govern the work of the project. The Outcome Measures tracked for this project are: impact the percentage of high school students who report being bullied in the past year as a population-based outcome; the youth suicide rate in each county as a behavioral health outcome; the number of adults who report providing assistance to youth to discuss mental health concerns as an environmental outcome.
The School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC), Florida, serves a county-wide school system with 183,815 high-needs students, 58% of whom are economically disadvantaged. The project will provide training in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) to teachers and a broad array of adults at the community level who interact with youth. Over the three year grant period, 2,275 individuals (525 in Year 1; 875 in Year 2; 875 in Year 3) will become "First Aiders" by completing YMHFA courses facilitated by a cadre of 14 YMHFA instructors that include school district, non-profit, and government personnel. As a result of effectively saturating Palm Beach County with "First Aiders," it is projected that this project will reach its goals to: train a broad array of adults in Palm Beach County who intersect with youth in YMHFA and; increase the number of individuals referred to mental health or related services including an increase in the number of referrals given to youth by problem/solving school-based teams, as well as an increase in the percentage of middle and high school students who have at least one adult at school to talk to about personal problems.
Project Duval AWARE is a collaborative initiative between the Partnership for Child Health, Mental Health America of Northeast Florida and the Jacksonville Children's Commission to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid training to adults who work with youth ages 12 - 18 who reside in Duval County with an emphasis on the urban core. YMHFA participants will include law enforcement and corrections officers; faith based community leaders, after school providers; case managers; juvenile justice probation officers; family members and other caring citizens. Project Duval AWARE will build upon the strengths and resources that exist within Jacksonville's mental health service delivery systems and will address infrastructure gaps and weaknesses.
To improve support and referrals for youth ages 12 - 18 with behavioral health issues in the poorest neighborhoods of Dayton, OH, Mt. Olive Baptist Church will provide YMHFA training for 1,320 adults who live and/or work in the 45417 zip code area (population: 31,000), which is comprised of 17 neighborhoods that are 95% African American, extremely poor, and largely consist of single-parent households with unemployed, underemployed, and/or undereducated adults. The level of violence and crime is higher than in other parts of the city, and the youth in these neighborhoods experience greater ambient hazards such as crime, violence, and drug use. The perception of the home neighborhood as dangerous influences the mental health of adolescents, resulting in higher rates of depression, anxiety, and other behavioral health issues. The purpose of Mt. Olive's YMHFA training and outreach program is to build the capacity of adults living and working in the 45417 zip code area to detect and respond to behavioral health issues impacting adolescents and to connect adolescents with behavioral health issues to needed services provided by SBHI. Three African American community leaders in the 45417 zip code area will receive training as YMHFA instructors. Together, they will offer two YMHFA trainings per month, providing YMHFA training to 360 adults in Year 1, 480 adults in Year 2, and 480 adults in Year 3, for a total of 1,320 over the grant-funding period. Given that there are 7,350 adolescents in the 45417 zip code area, the saturation rate with 1,320 First Aiders would be 1,320 / 7,350, or 18%. Thus, there would be 1 First Aider for every 5.5 youths in the 45417 zip code area at the end of the funding period. This level of saturation would be ideal to provide needed adult social support to all youth in the 45417 zip code area and identify youth who may have behavioral health issues.
The goal of MHANYS' NITT-AWARE-C project is to significantly increase the awareness, care, and support that transition-aged youth receive for behavioral health issues in the four counties of the Albany, New York Capitol Region. The objectives of MHANYS' NITT-AWARE-C project are to: increase the mental health literacy of adults who interact with adolescents or transition-aged youth in the Albany, NY Capitol Region; increase the capacity of adults within Capitol Region communities to respond to the behavioral health issues of transition-aged youth; increase awareness of and promote positive behavioral health of transition-aged youth and their families or caregivers by conducting outreach and engagement strategies; link transition-aged youth with behavioral health issues in the Capitol Region to mental, emotional, and behavioral health assistance and services; and increase the number of collaborative partnerships with MHANYS with relevant youth-serving community agencies and programs. The approach of ensuring that all segments in all communities have adults who have been trained in MHFA is to ensure that transition-aged youth who may not come in contact with MHFA trained adults in one area of their lives, will do so in at least one other area.
The Cuyahoga County College Mental Health First Aid (CCCMHFA) project will provide MHFA training to up to 1,410 faculty, staff, and student leaders that work closely with transition-aged youth at five campuses in the Cleveland, OH metropolitan area. It will also build and convene an area-wide campus mental health coalition of campus and community organizations, and provide expertise to campus Behavioral Intervention Teams. CCCMHFA will serve a transition-aged population of 23,125 students at five collegiate partners. This population is overwhelmingly 18-24 years old and diverse in age, race, and ethnicity, with undergraduate populations ranging from 15% to 46% minority, and 46% to 91% female across the five schools. The project will provide training to up to 420 people in year one, 600 in year two, and 390 in year three. At least 45% of these will use their training and/or refer at least one student to a campus or community-based mental health service provider each year. Each coalition partner will attend at least 50% of coalition meetings during the term of the grant, and at least 50% of partners will be in attendance at each coalition meeting. Project staff will attend all Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) meetings at each of the five campus partners, generally held quarterly.
The Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program (BHRP) at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill's School of Social Work will implement Now is the Time, Carolina! To train 2,400 faculty and staff in Mental Health First Aid. UNC has 29,135 students and 80% of those are ages 21 or below. A survey of a sample of the students at UNC shows that 18% of students scored positive on the PHQ-9 criteria for depression, 20% scored positive on the GAD-7 screening for an anxiety disorder, and 43% had engaged in binge drinking within the previous two weeks. Despite these rates of occurrence, national and state data indicate that about 55% of students with a mental health or substance use disorder did not receive treatment for those conditions in the previous twelve months. 600 faculty and staff will be trained in the Higher Education supplement of MHFA in Year 1 and 900 in each of Years 2 and 3 of the project. This number will equate to 20% of the campus employees, effectively saturating the students' environment with MH First Aiders. The success of this project will be measured by the following outcomes: 20% of the UNC employee community will become certified Mental Health First Aiders; student perception of the campus community's negative impact on students' emotional wellbeing will improve from the current 52%; student reported rates of depression (positive scores on the PHQ-9) will decrease from the baseline of 18%; student reported rates of anxiety disorders (positive scores on the GAD-7) will decrease from the baseline of 20%; student reported rates of binge drinking will decrease below the baseline score of 43% of students answering yes that they have binged on alcohol in the previous two weeks; and the number of referrals to CAPS will increase, indicating more of the student need is being met.
Northwestern Connecticut Area Health Education Center (NWCTAHEC), in collaboration with Western Connecticut State University (WCSU), will implement Connecticut Campuses for Improved Mental Health (CCIMH). CCIMH will focus on improving mental health outcomes for transition aged youth (TAY) college students through the implementation of the evidenced-base Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)-High Education program. College students are at high risk for developing mental illness, as many illnesses first present at the college age. Pair that with the high-stress environment of college life and the fact that many young adults are on their own for the first time, and students are especially vulnerable to developing problems with their mental health. Achievement of project goals will be measured through the accomplishment of the project objectives over the three program years, including: increased numbers of adults demonstrating increased levels of mental health literacy through training and certification classes; increased capacity of adults in the college environment to respond to the mental health issues of TAY youth due to the number of adults prepared through certification and training courses; ongoing participation at college events and through media outlets to increase TAY college students' awareness and promotion of positive behavioral health; access to behavior health resource lists and resources cards for referral and distribution to and for linking TAY college students with mental health needs with programs and services; and increased number of collaborative associations and partnerships between TAY serving agencies and programs and among MHFA Instructors. After the three year project (Oct 2015-Sept 2018) 2) MHFA-Higher Education Instructors will certify 900 new MHF Aiders (200 in year 1, 300 in year 2 and 400 in year 3). In addition, 9,000 referrals to mental health services will be made for TAY identified with a mental health challenge or illness.
The Clarkston Area Youth Mental Health Awareness Network (CAYMHAN) project connects adolescents age 12-18 in the Clarkston, Georgia, area with behavioral health services by training over 1,100 adults (teachers, parents, faith leaders, etc.) in Youth Mental Health First Aid. The Clarkston area, located within Dekalb County in the suburban belt that surrounds Atlanta, presents unique mental health challenges. Clarkston is home to large communities of refugees with widely varying backgrounds, languages and cultures. Refugee youth often suffer from limited English literacy, lack of previous education, limited technology skills, limited understanding of American culture, and little access to out-of-school programs. Refugee families often have experienced extreme violence, trauma, economic and political strife, health issues, and famine before arriving in the US. In the Clarkston area, gaps and disparities in behavioral health services that afflict these vulnerable populations are apparent from the federal designation of Dekalb County as a Mental Health Professional Shortage Area and a Medically Underserved Area. CAYMHAN will ensure that the diversity of trained adults-300, 400 and 480 in years one, two and three of the project-are representative of the area's adolescent population consistent with project goals. CAYMHAN will also work with its partners to provide committed referral resources, ensure saturation, and develop a sustainable capacity to provide YMHFA training in the out-years. Training will be delivered by certified YMHFA instructors who are also highly trained doctoral students in counseling psychology from Georgia State University's College of Education.
SAFEty intends to implement training for Youth Mental Health First-Aid (YMHFA) in conjunction with supportive services for at-risk youth and trafficking victims throughout the Chicago metro/Northwestern Indiana (NWI) area, extending into Indianapolis metropolitan areas. Their focus is youth ages 12 - 18, with training that ensures cultural competency for youth's, including ethnicity, race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, socioeconomic conditions, linguistics, and trauma. Training will also be offered in Spanish to accommodate Spanish-speaking youth and families, with access to translation assistance to provide training in other languages as needed. The Goals of the SAFEty project achieve relevant results in the following ways: expand capacity to increase awareness of mental health issues among youth in the Chicago metro/NWI area and into metro Indianapolis; connect targeted youth with behavioral and/or mental health issues to appropriate services; and establish a cadre of mental health "first aiders" for youth throughout the Chicago metro/NWI area and into metro Indianapolis.
The Denver-AWARE, youth mental health first aid (YMHFA) training program, led by the Denver Department of Human Services (DDHS), will serve adolescents (ages 12-18) from five targeted ZIP codes in the city and county of Denver, Colorado, where there is a high concentration of risk factors for behavioral health issues. Denver-AWARE will train as many as 4,050 individuals as youth mental health first aiders. Denver-AWARE seeks to achieve the following objectives: at least 3,000 adults who are representative of the communities to be served and who interact with adolescents in Denver will have completed the YMHFA training; at least 75% of the adults trained through Denver-AWARE will self-report an increase in youth mental health literacy as measured by pre- and post-surveys; at least 50% of the adults trained through Denver-AWARE will self-report using youth mental health literacy skills in real world situations, as measured through survey and focus groups responses; 30 instructors who are employed by a range of organizations, including city agencies and youth serving entities, will be certified to provide YMHFA training; develop and launch a youth-led social media campaign aimed at decreasing stigma regarding mental health issues and supports; increase the number of youth behavioral health referrals in the targeted communities by at least 10%; and convene a project advisory council of 13-20 members representative of the communities served that will support strategies aimed at decreasing stigma regarding mental health issues.
The Berkeley Unified School District, in partnership with Berkeley Mental Health, proposes to train adults in Youth Mental Health First Aid. The City of Berkeley presents a unique opportunity for this project as it is a condensed geographic area with a high enrollment rate for school-age youth. Despite the availability of mental health services, Berkeley has higher rates of depression and other risk factors than the state and national averages. The target population for the program is 6-12th graders enrolled in Berkeley Unified School District who come from a multiplicity of races, ethnicities, languages spoken, and socioeconomic status. The goals and objectives include: increase the mental health literacy and fluency of adults who come into contact with youth by training 4 YMHFA trainers and 1,020 adults as YMHFA'ers; improve youth mental health by increasing the early identification of mental health problems and subsequent connection to treatment; and increase the collaboration and partnership between communities, organizations, and programs who come into contact with youth through the establishment of an interagency advisory council that increased the number and variety of partnering agencies as well as the number and types of collaboration. Over the course of the project, BUSD will maintain 4 certified trainers and train 1,020 adults who come into contact with youth.