MSU Extension Addressing Mental Health in Non-Clinical Settings
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.
Seventeen Extension Agents are certified to teach YAM in rural schools across the state. The 5-hour interactive curriculum is integrated into the school schedule usually through a 9th grade health enhancement class. YAM will be taught this academic year in the following locations:
- Miles City
- Crow Reservation
- Rocky Boy Reservation
- This site will be updated as schools in other communities are identified.
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based, 8-hour course, developed in Australia that teaches participants mental health literacy, an understanding of mental illness, and how to assist if someone is experiencing a mental health crisis. Four MSU Extension Agents are certified to teach the classes. If you would like more information or to schedule a class, contact Sandy Bailey, Family & Human Development Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-994-6745. For more information on Mental Health First Aid go to: mentalhealthfirstaid.org