Dre Drummer, OLOL College Freshman and SGA Senator recently completed a week-long training seminar for the new Youth Mental Health First Aid Project (YMHFA). This training will help foster relationships with community mental health agencies as partners and resources. Dre will soon be instructing and disseminating YMHFA materials in some of the schools and foster care agencies in the greater Baton Rouge Area beginning this December.
In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, President Obama and other national, state and local leaders are calling for communities to improve their ability to appropriately respond to the needs of youth experiencing symptoms of a mental illness. YMHFA is a groundbreaking public education program that helps communities identify, understand, and respond to youth showing signs of a mental illness or substance use disorder.
YMHFA has a strong evidence base. Four detailed studies have been completed and nearly a dozen journal articles published on YMHFA’s impact on public awareness, stigmatizing attitudes about mental illness and application of helping “first aid” behaviors.