Project Manager for Project AWARE Mental Health Grant
In 2014, the State awarded the District the “Now is the Time” Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) grant. The goals of Project AWARE are to:
- Increase awareness of mental health issues.
- Train District staff and community to detect and respond to mental illness in children and youth, including how to encourage adolescents and their families experiencing these problems to seek treatment.
- Identify students who experience mental health challenges early, refer them to the appropriate services, and monitor their progress to ensure the supports are effective.
The District is in the process of training both staff and community members in Youth Mental Health First Aid. Youth Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to the unique risk factors and symptoms of mental health problems in adolescents, build understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly – teach individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Under the Project AWARE grant, this course is offered FREE to staff and community members. If you are interested in taking this course, please contact Shelly Lewis.
The District has partnered with local mental health agencies to offer school-based mental health therapy to students. Many insurance policies, including Medicaid, pay for school-based therapy, but some do not. The Project AWARE grant funds can be used to help pay for students who do not have funding. For more information about how to access school-based mental health therapy, contact your school counselor or administrator.
The school district cares about our student’s mental health. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, there is help available. Your school counselor is there to help or you may also go to a local emergency room. The following number is the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).