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Valley Mental Health First Aid Responders

This project will provide Shenango Valley residents with the resources and instruction necessary to become mental health first aid responders. The project is twofold in that there will be training sessions for members of the community as well as library staff members, and that this grant will cover the cost of purchasing library materials that cover mental health. The project will start with a training on how to help adults in a mental health crisis and then a training on how to help youth that are dealing with a mental health crisis. Participants will be given NNLM resources such as Caring for the Mind: Mental Health Resources for Library Patrons and MedlinePlus Basics brochures. The grant will also include Caring for the Mind training for library staff, provided by NNLM staff. Additionally, the library will purchase books to add to our collection on mental health which will increase the public’s access to this information. Due to issues and complications raised by the coronavirus, the library would like to add a virtual component to the project. We would like to offer the Mental Health First Aid as a virtual program - to not only ensure the safety of all attendees and instructors, but also to allow for greater participation. This alternative plan will necessitate additional training of our Mercer County Behavioral Health instructors, adding $300 ($150 each), plus possibly an increase per attendee, to the program budget. However, we feel that this is the best course of action in order to meet or surpass our goal of 30 participants. There are many mental health issues being reported due to current quarantine and stay-athome orders, and we feel that our program will be in greater demand because of these issues. Making the programs virtual will allow the library to expand the class limit without dealing with social distancing rules. Follow-ups after the Mental Health First Aid courses will be done through a Doodle survey where attendees can voice their opinions on the relevancy of the training as well as what parts of the curriculum were the most helpful and least helpful. We will also make personal phone calls to attendees in the spring to follow up with resources that they may need, answer questions, or help with other issues. These actions will help ensure that the training has a lasting effect and create sustainability.
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Adults
Children
Men
Seniors
Teens
Women
Medically Underserved Areas/Populations
Suburban
Urban
Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health
African Americans or Black
Latino or Hispanic
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
General public
Project Lead:
Robin Pundzak
Funding Source: 
MAR
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
2020
Funding Amount: 
$4565
Funding Period:
Jun 9, 2020 to Apr 30, 2021
Project Status:
Awarded