Behavioral Health & Suicide Prevention
Project A.W.A.R.E. is a five-year grant funded through the Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) The purpose of the Project A.W.A.R.E. grant is to: increase awareness of mental health issues in young people, train school personnel to detect and respond to mental health issues, and connect youth and their families to behavioral health resources.
Are you an educator or community member looking for upcoming trainings or professional development related to mental health, suicide prevention or school safety? Check out the trainings tab to see our upcoming events and get registered!
Are you a parent or educator looking for behavioral health resources for your student?
Check out the resources tab for more information.
Project AWARE supports the development and implementation of a comprehensive plan of activities, services, and strategies to decrease youth violence and support the healthy development of school-aged youth.
Arizona Department of Education, in partnership with Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, is working to implement Project AWARE throughout Arizona in three ways:
If this is a mental health emergency, please call 911 or contact Crisis Response Network
Central AZ: 602-222-9444
Northern AZ: 1-877-756-4090
Southern AZ: 1-866-495-6735
For a full list of crisis hotlines by county please visit AHCCCS Crisis Hotline page.
If you are contacting the Crisis Response Network from your school site please provide the crisis mobile team with the following information.
Accessing Behavioral Health Services in Schools:
One of the goals of Arizona Project AWARE is to build and maintain infrastructure for mental health services for school aged youth.
Each school has unique relationships with behavioral health providers in their area. Some schools allow services to be provided on campus; other schools refer students off campus. Speak with your school social worker, principal or school nurse for more information about the resources provided in your area and to help connect your student to services.
For more information about specific services, funding sources and programs available for school age youth please visit Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System page.
You can also download this guide for Accessing/Paying for Behavioral Health and Partnering with Behavioral Health Providers.
If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance, please contact a regional crisis response hotline or 911.
You are not alone and there is a network of professionals throughout the state ready to help.
National and Regional Crisis Hotlines
Suicide Prevention Resources:
- Provides list of resources by county and specific populations
- Mission: To change those conditions that result in suicidal acts in Arizona through awareness, intervention, and action
Creating Safe & Supportive Learning Environments:
Project AWARE encourages all LEAs to implement evidenced based programs and practices that support a positive campus climate and culture. There are multiple avenues both within ADE and nationwide to help your school get started.
- This guide is a resource for districts and schools with no prior experience with employee wellness initiatives as well as for those seeking to improve an existing initiative. It was written with diverse readers in mind. People in a variety of positions— from human resources directors to district superintendents to wellness coordinators—play a role in leading and supporting employee wellness initiatives. Though the guide was developed for public schools, most of the information will apply to all types of schools.
- Searchable register of over 700 programs that have had at least one randomized evaluation to assess child or youth outcomes related to education, life skills, and social/emotional, mental, physical, behavioral, or reproductive health
- A trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL supports educators and policy leaders and enhances the experiences and outcomes for all PreK-12 students.
- Technical Assistance Center on PBIS supports schools, districts, and states to build systems capacity for implementing a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional and behavior support. The broad purpose of PBIS is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of schools and other agencies. PBIS improves social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities and students from underrepresented groups.
Title IV-A Office of Safe & Healthy Students
- The mission of the Arizona Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, is to provide support to schools and LEAs so that every student can experience a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment, including focusing on students physical and mental health, and safety.
A safe, healthy, and supportive school environment is the product of a school’s attention to fostering safety; promoting a supportive academic, disciplinary, and physical environment; and encouraging and maintaining respectful, trusting, and caring relationships throughout the school community, focusing on the fostering of positive conditions, climate, and culture, including family and community engagement.
Arizona Department of Education Title I Program
- The purpose of Title I is to “provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps”. Title I provides technical assistance, service and support to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools to help ensure every child has access to an excellent education.
Arizona Project AWARE provides evidenced based trainings for educators in the areas of Suicide Prevention & Intervention, Trauma & Healing Centered Classrooms, and Safe & Supportive Schools.
Project AWARE Quick Links:
- Submit a request to bring Youth Mental Health First Aid Training to your school!
- Attend a Youth Mental Health First Aid Training at ADE
- Suicide Prevention Legislation Spring 2019 (SB1468 Mitch Warnock Act)
- Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack — even if you have no clinical training — Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.
- Read more about YMFA and its use in the school setting.
- School threat assessment is a more proactive and flexible violence prevention practice that is used when an individual threatens to commit a violent act or engages in threatening behavior. Threat assessment includes the identification, assessment, and management of threats with the goal of resolving conflicts or problems before they escalate into violence.
Read more about current trainings offered at ADE.
- The training teaches you how to:
- Teach the Mental Health First Aid course, including the 5-step action plan, evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies, and prevalence data.
- Present the program with fidelity to the tested, core model.
- Apply the program to a range of adult learning styles.
- Tailor presentations to diverse audiences and learning environments.
Don’t see what you are looking for? Need training, technical assistance or help getting started at your school? Contact us and tell us more! We can connect you to local resources or develop trainings to meet your unique needs.