Vermont’s statewide Youth Mental Health First Aid initiative funded through a three year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA).
AWARE VERMONT provides free Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings to educators throughout the state of Vermont. AWARE VERMONT is a statewide collaboration between state designated mental health agencies, Vermont Care Partners (their provider network), Vermont Cooperative for Practice Improvement and Innovation, and community partners. This initiative creates a network of Youth Mental Health First Aid trainers throughout the State of Vermont, which provides no cost trainings to educators, law enforcement, and other community partners. AWARE VERMONT is made possible by a three year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to Vermont Care Partners through Vermont Care Network.
The goals of AWARE VERMONT are to:
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
To learn more about training opportunities in your area, please contact your local coordinator. Information can be found on the PDF Document below: AWARE VERMONT Vermont’s Statewide YMHFA Initiative.
This is a great spot that NCSS taped recently with Fox highlighting a YMHFA training with Camp Hochelaga in Grand Isle. It highlights the Aware Vermont program and the discussion about Aware VT and the DA system’s collaboration with this effort. Holly Reed took point on the Hochelaga interview and did a really amazing job representing NCSS and Aware VT!