MSU Extension Addressing Mental Health in Non-Clinical Settings
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, (montana.edu/cmhrr), 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: http://www.montana.edu/cmhrr/YAMproject.html .
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: https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
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Assistant Professor/ Extension Mental Health Specialist
MSU Extension, Toole County
MSU Extension, Hill County
(406) 265-5481 ext. 2335
MSU Extension, Silver Bow County
Local Government Center
MSU Extension, Wheatland County
(406) 632-4728 ext. 308
MSU Extension, Yellowstone County
Request a Mental Health First Aid Course
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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
Montana State University
PO Box 173370
Bozeman, MT 59717-3370