Mental Health

MSU Extension, in collaboration with the MSU Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery and One Montana, is delivering evidence-based educational mental health programming.

Youth Aware of Mental Health

Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) is a universal intervention (delivered to all youth of a group/class) mental health promotion program that aims to raise mental health awareness about risk and protective factors associated with suicide, including knowledge about depression and anxiety, and to enhance the skills and emotional resiliency needed to deal with stress and crisis. The format of the YAM intervention empowers youth to think, verbalize, and discuss important mental health issues, such as suicide, in a context that is meaningful to them.

MSU Extension, in collaboration with the Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery, (, Bill Bryan of One Montana, Stone Child College, and Little Big Horn College received a USDA grant to evaluate delivery of YAM by County Extension Agents in frontier and rural setting schools in Montana. A Montana Mental Health Trust Foundation grant is extending this work. 

A complete list of facilitators and sites can be found here: .

Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidence-based, 8-hour mental health literacy course developed in Australia. MHFA prepares participants to respond with greater knowledge, confidence and compassion when an adult is experiencing a mental health problem or is having a mental health crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is similar, but the focus is on training adults to respond to youth, with attention to issues that are specific to youth (developmental considerations, risk factors, etc.). Both versions train participants to use a five-part action plan to provide aid. For more detailed info about these programs, go to:   

MSU Extension Mental Health First Aid Instructors 2019-2020
Name and Contact Information MHFA Version - Adult MHFA Version - Youth

Alison Brennan

Assistant Professor/ Extension Mental Health Specialist
MSU Extension, Health and Human Development
(406) 994-4148



Alice Burchak
MSU Extension, Toole County
(406) 424-8350
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Jasmine Carbajal
FCS/4-H Agent
MSU Extension, Hill County
(406) 265-5481 ext. 2335
Kellie Kahtani
MSU Extension, Silver Bow County
(406) 723-0217
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Jane MacDonald
Program Manager
Local Government Center
(406) 994-6694
Mandie Reed
MSU Extension, Wheatland County
(406) 632-4728 ext. 308
Jackie Rumph
FCS Agent
MSU Extension, Yellowstone County
(406) 256-2828

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For more information:


Alison Brennan, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor / Extension Mental Health Specialist
MSU Extension & Health and Human Development
Reid Hall 323
Phone: 406-994-4148

Montana State University
PO Box 173370
Bozeman, MT 59717-3370

This project is supported through funding from USDA/NIFA Grant #2016-07213 and the Montana Mental Health Trust Fund.