Project Aware Grant


The purpose of the Pontotoc County Project Aware Program is to increase capacity of the community in responding to and interacting with youth in crisis or with other mental health and behavioral health issues. This program will train youth-serving adults in the community, including teachers, parents, law enforcement, faith-based leaders, youth group leaders, tribal partners, and more, to improve mental health awareness and understanding. The program will also serve as a connection resource to better link youth and families with mental health or behavioral issues to appropriate services.


Register for upcoming Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings:

  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017.  ECU's Project Aware will host a FREE training that is open to the public.  The training will be held at East Central University in the Regents Room of the Memorial Student Union from 8am to 5pm.  You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. CEUs will be made available as well.  CLICK HERE to register.  A confirmation email will be sent 1 week prior to the training.  This training is currently full.  Please call to be added to a waiting list.

  • Thursday, June 1, 2017.  ECU's Project Aware will host a FREE training that is open to the public.  The training will be held at East Central University in the Regents Room of the Memorial Student Union from 8am to 5pm.  You will receive a certificate of complettion at the end of the course.  CEUs will be made available as well.  CLICK HERE to register.  A confirmation email will be sent 1 week prior to the training.  This training is currently full.  Please call to be added to a waiting list.

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2017.  ECU's Project Aware will host a FREE training that is open to the public.   The training will be held at East Central University in the Regents Room of the Memorial Student Union from 8am to 5pm.  You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.  CEUs will be made available as well.  CLICK HERE to register.  A confirmation email will be sent 1 week prior to the training.

  • If you would like to host/schedule a training for your agency, please call or email Holli Witherington at holrwit@ecok.edu or 580-559-5815.  Our only requirement is that it take place in Pontotoc County and have a minimum of 15 registrants (maximum of 30)!


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In the News:

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Project Aware Resource Manual (Click Here)

Other Helpful Links:

Mental Health First Aid website

Crisis Text Line

Love Is Respect

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The Trevor Project 

Celebrate Recovery

Chickasaw Nation Services Directory

Ada Homeless Services

Ada Boys and Girls Club

Pontotoc County Drug Free Coalition

STAND Youth Coalition


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