New Jersey Health Initiatives - A Better State of Health
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program
Strengthening regional capacity for supporting youth facing emotional stress or mental health challenges
2018
Borough of Freehold Public Schools
Active
Strengthening regional capacity for supporting youth facing emotional stress or mental health challenges
Borough of Freehold Public Schools
2018
Active
Grant Award Amount
$16,000

In this two-year project, the Borough of Freehold Public Schools is partnering with the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc. to develop a team of five certified Mental Health First Aid-Youth (MHFA-Youth) instructors consisting of school nurses, school safety officers, teachers, coaches and individual community members. MHFA-Youth training participants learn to identify risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in youth, understand the importance of early intervention, and develop the intervention skills to assist an adolescent experiencing a crisis. By the end of this project, the five instructors will have trained 200 school district and regional community stakeholders in Mental Health First Aid-Youth throughout Monmouth County, become part of a statewide network of 15 MHFA-Youth trainers, and developed a plan for self-sufficiency that incorporates policy-and systems-change to increase awareness of mental health and substance use issues among adolescents. Over the long term, this network of certified trainers could impact health and equity across New Jersey by reducing the stigma of mental illness and addressing the behavioral health needs of adolescents through increased mental health literacy and improved access to care.

Project
Working with NJ School Superintendents to Provide Regional Mental Health First Aid
Topics
Grant Recipient
Contacts

Rocco Tomazic
Superintendent
(732) 761-2100

Counties Served

NJ Adults Take “Mental Health First Aid” Course to Spot Kids in Need
New Jersey 101.5 FM. (2018, October 24).

Maple Shade School District Staff Learn More about Mental Health
Burlington County Times/Ryan, L. (2018, October 26).

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