New Jersey Health Initiatives - A Better State of Health
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program
Strengthening statewide capacity for supporting youth facing emotional stress or mental health challenges
2018
Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc.
Active
Strengthening statewide capacity for supporting youth facing emotional stress or mental health challenges
Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc.
2018
Active
Grant Award Amount
$42,750

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc., is leading this two-year project, partnering with the superintendents of the Freehold Borough Public School District, the Lower Cape May Regional School District and the Maple Shade School District to develop teams of certified Mental Health First Aid-Youth (MHFA-Youth) instructors. 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, a network of 15 MHFA-Youth trainers consisting of school nurses, school safety officers, teachers, coaches and individual community members will be established across Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Monmouth and Salem counties. The potential long-term impact of this network of certified trainers could include increased mental health literacy and improved access to care, which could reduce the stigma of mental illness and promote health and equity by addressing the behavioral health needs of adolescents in New Jersey. In addition, each of the three school districts’ instructional teams will have trained 200 school district and regional community stakeholders in Mental Health First Aid-Youth 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.

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

Ruth Kaluski
Project Director
(973) 571-4100, ext 136

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