St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea received a $625,000 Mental Health Awareness and Training (MHAT) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in September 2021. The grant will provide mental health training to more than 2,500 members of the community over the next five years.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and to improve the lives of individuals living with mental and substance use disorders, and their families. In particular the MHAT grant program prepares and trains community members and first responders on how to appropriately and safely respond to individuals with mental disorders.
St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea’s Community Health Improvement Team and SRSLY Coalitions will utilize the MHAT grant to develop and implement evidence-based mental health awareness training, including:
- Question Persuade Refer (QPR) for youth and adults
- Teen Mental Health First Aid: a peer program designed for teens
- Youth Mental Health First Aid: a program for adults who work with youth
- Mental Health First Aid: a program for adults to recognized mental health concerns in other adults
The trainings will be available to adults and teens who work with youth, parents, grandparents and caregivers and teens. The grant will also identify resources and support available for mental health, establish a referral mechanism to link youth to mental health services and support youth in developing a stigma reduction campaign.
- Connecting with community organizations to schedule trainings for their staff
- Working with local trainers to schedule community trainings
- Recruiting youth for a youth-led anti-stigma campaign
- Compiling local mental health resources for a resource guide
How to Get Involved:
- Get trained and/or become a trainer
- Learn more about local mental health resources
- Youth can join the planning team for the anti-stigma campaign
- Subscribe to our mailing list for access to mental health resources, information and upcoming trainings
- Request a training for your organization, club or workplace
To get started in any of these activities, contact our Program Coordinator.
Meet the Program Coordinator
Wilczynski is the Program Coordinator for the MHAT grant. Prior to this role, she was a special projects coordinator at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea working with SRSLY to promote substance use prevention in Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester and Stockbridge. As Program Coordinator, Wilczynski is responsible for implementing evidence-based mental health awareness trainings, supporting youth in developing a stigma reduction campaign, identifying resources and working with community organizations. Wilczynski holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Bachelor’s degree in health community from Grand Valley State University.
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