Project AWARE is a three year grant (2016-2019) awarded to Elk Grove Unified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to provide free Youth Mental Health First Aid training to district staff within seven target campuses and to Elk Grove youth-serving community members.
Project Aware Target Campuses:
Elk Grove High School
Laguna Creek High School
Monterey Trail High School
Valley High School
Calvine High School
Rio Cazedero High School
William Daylor High School
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an eight hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
Why should I become a Youth Mental Health First Aid responder?
Youth Mental Health First Aid is a valuable resource that can make a difference in the lives of the one in five Americans living with mental illnesses and addictions, including those experiencing suicidal thoughts. This eight hour in-person training teaches people how to support someone who may be developing a mental illness or experiencing a crisis. In 2014, Mental Health First Aid partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide (AFSP) to expand more Mental Health First Aid training capacity through their local chapters.
Individuals trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid can help to:
- Break down the bias against people living with mental illnesses, addictions and suicidal thinking.
- Reach out to those who suffer in silence, reluctant to seek help.
- Let individuals struggling with mental illnesses and addictions know that support is available in their community.
- Provide community resources.
Make behavioral health care and treatment accessible to thousands in need.
Be the one to make a difference and sign up for a Youth Mental Health First Aid training today:
Helpful Resource Links
Questions? Contact Us:
Project AWARE Counselor
(916) 686-7568 ext. 67209
(916) 686-7568 ext. 67210