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Youth Mental Health First Aid: Implementation Lessons from Pennsylvania

By Dana Heiman, Brandywine Health Foundation and Alyson Ferguson, Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation     Located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, Coatesville is one of Pennsylvania’s poorest communities. In the fall of 2013, the Brandywine Health Foundation and key area leaders learned from the Pennsylvania Youth Survey about the high rates of depression among Coatesville-...

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training First Year Report

In August of 2014 the Youth Mental Health First Aid training program was launched in the Coatesville Area School District (CASD).  This four-year project is a public-private partnership to significantly improve the behavioral health status of children and teens in one of Pennsylvania’s poorest communities.   The funding collaborative includes county, state and federal officials as well as three...

Preparing an entire city to respond to mental health emergencies

By Paul Jablow on Aug 19, 2015 02:39 PM

Jason Palaia, director of elementary and special education in the Coatesville Area School District in Chester County, recalls interrupting his walk across a high school campus to talk to a youth sitting on a curb who was obviously very distraught.

James Hills, a school board member who volunteers at an afterschool program in Coatesville,...

Innovations in Youth Mental Health First Aid: Opportunities and Insights

Dana Heiman, Senior Vice President  of Brandywine Health Foundation, and Alyson Ferguson, Director of Grantmaking at the Scattergood Foundation, presented along with  Monica Wightman, Project AWARE Education Consultant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on July 22nd at the Project AWARE State Educational Agency 2015 New Grantee Conference in Rockville, MD. 


YMHFA Coatesville Project Featured in Two Recent News Articles

Mind Your Health: Learn life-saving skills in 2015 By Tracy Behringer Berhinger is the community outreach liaison for the Chester County Department of Mental Health/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Just about a year ago Chester County launched a campaign to provide mental health education to residents through Mental Health First Aid. The internationally recognized program is...