The purpose of the Regional Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT) Grant Program is to increase the capacity of the Johnston, Murray, and Pontotoc County communities in responding to and interacting with individuals in crisis or with other mental health and behavioral health issues. This program will train individuals in the community, including teachers, parents, law enforcement, faith-based leaders, youth group leaders, tribal partners, veterans and families, and more, to improve mental health awareness and understanding. The program will also serve as a connection resource to better link individuals and families with mental health or behavioral issues to appropriate services.
Register for upcoming Mental Health First Aid trainings:
- We are open to providing this training for professional development to faculty and staff in local school districts, to behavioral health or youth-serving agencies, veteran and veteran serving organizations, faith-based communities, camp staff, foster parents, general community members, etc.
- If you would like more information about scheduling a training, grant staff can also come to YOU and provide a free presentation about the topics covered in the program. Contact Amy Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or 580-559-5161 with any questions or concerns.
- If you would like to schedule a training for your agency, school, or facility, please call or email Amy Ross at email@example.com or 580-559-5161 or Holli Witherington at firstname.lastname@example.org or 580-559-5815.
The main requirements are that it have a minimum of 15 registrants (maximum of 30) and take place near Johnston, Murray, or Pontotoc County and other surrounding areas and!
We can offer the following Mental Health First Aid programs:
- Adult Mental Health First Aid: recommended for any and all adults.
- Youth Mental Health First Aid: for adults who interact with youth ages 12-18 in any personal and professional capacity.
- Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education: which is tailored to college and university faculty, staff, and students as mental health illnesses and substance use challenges often present during adolescence and young adulthood.
- Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults: focuses on the aging population as even "mild" mental illness symptoms can have catastrophic consequences in vulnerable older adults.
- Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety: this course aims to address some of the unique needs and experiences of law enforcement and correctional officers with hopes of improving the interaction of the criminal justice system and individuals with mental health and substance abuse challenges.
- Mental Health First Aid for Veterans, Servicemembers, and their Families: which provides insight and information regarding how to engage with veterans with mental illnesses and substance use issues and the impact on veteran families.
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