Health Dept. Awarded Grant for Youth Mental Health First Aid

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan has just been awarded a three year Project AWARE grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

This grant will help support the training of a diverse group of adults in Youth Mental Health First Aid. This training will help adults detect and respond to mental health needs in youth in Charlevoix, Emmet, and northern Antrim counties.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems and builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention. Participants are familiarized with local mental health resources, national organizations, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support.

“When a youth is struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, or other mental conditions, sometimes adults are not sure what to do or how to respond,” said project coordinator Natalie Kasiborski, PhD, LMSW, MPH.

“This program will give trusted adults like parents, teachers, coaches, business and community members the skills to respond to youth in crisis.”

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