Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) is a federal initiative to develop a sustainable infrastructure for school-based mental health programs and services.
Using grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Project AWARE seeks to build and expand the capacity of State Educational Agencies, in partnership with State Mental Health Agencies, overseeing school-aged youth.
By building or expanding capacity, the program advances wellness and resiliency in education by increasing mental health awareness in schools across states, territories, and tribal communities.
What is Project AWARE at Arizona Department of Education?
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 youths. Arizona Department of Education, in collaboration with Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), is a grantee for two Project AWARE grants, each lasting five years.
Arizona Department of Education received two Project AWARE grants: AWARE I (2018 - 2023) and AWARE II (2021 - 2026). With these two grants, ADE is able to support 3 school districts each grant period to meet the goals outlined below.
We offer suicide prevention trainings to school staff and the community. Read more about the trainings we offer below:
QPR Suicide Prevention Training: Online, Self-paced, English language. This course takes 1-2 hours. The availability of this training through Project AWARE is extremely limited, and continued availability is not guaranteed.
Acts on FACTS Suicide Prevention Training: Online, Self-paced, English language.
Youth Mental Health First Aid: Virtual Training with A Live facilitator. This is an interactive, online training. The training itself is 6 hours and requires approximately 2 hours of pre-course work. Cameras are required to stay on throughout the training. This training is offered through several community organizations. Please write to us if you need assistance connecting with a trainer.
Suicide Alertness for Everyone (SafeTALK): In-person training, English language. This course take approximately 3.5 hours. Please write to us if you need assistance connecting with a trainer.