Southwest Indiana AHEC
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard, HP 2091
Evansville, IN 47712
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SWI-AHEC partners with Project AWARE for Youth Mental Health First Aid training
Kerseclia L. Patterson, academic outreach coordinator for SWI-AHEC, and RaShawnda Bonds, minority health coordinator at CAPE (Community Action Program of Evansville & Vanderburgh County), have trained 101 “first aiders” in southwest Indiana in the area of youth mental health since February 2016. The two are among 11 individuals in Vanderburgh and Warrick counties to complete 40 hours of instructor training through the Youth Mental Health First Aid Project AWARE of Southwest Indiana.
Project AWARE is an initiative by Deaconess and St. Vincent Evansville that supports the 8-hour mental health training of adults who interact with youth at home, school and in other community settings to detect and respond to mental illness in children and youth, including how to encourage adolescents and their families experiencing problems to seek help.
It has been reported that 1 in 5 Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to ask for help or might not know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect. For friends and family members, it can be hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not get them until it is too late.
Just as CPR helps even those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Youth Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with someone experiencing a mental health crisis. SWI-AHEC is engaged in this project to help provide training and resources to our region, which has a shortage of mental health professionals. This training helps lay people recognize and respond appropriately to youth in crisis with a five-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support and resources.
Anyone interested in scheduling a training for youth leaders should contact Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Students in the USI Master of Occupational Therapy program gathered for a group picture with RaShawnda Bonds and Kerseclia Patterson following their training this past spring.|
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