Training Tuition, Travel, and Per Diem for Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training Certification

Update posted by Jessica R On Feb 12, 2019

I am a citizen of the Cayuga Nation, a Haudenosaunee woman and I want to increase the presence of Native American and Alaska Natives in mental health first aid education.

In 2014, suicide was the second leading cause of death for American Indian/Alaska Natives between the ages of 10 and 34. The most significant mental health concerns today are the high prevalence of depression, substance abuse, suicide, and anxiety (including PTSD).There are significant barriers to care, one of the most common barriers is the availability of mental health services. The American Psychological Association (APA) reports that service is severely limited in rural areas and there are many isolated locations in Native American and Alaska Native communities. In addition, most clinics and hospitals of the Indian Health Service are located on reservations, yet according to the APA the majority of Native Americans no longer reside on reservations.

As a Mental Health First Aid trainer I would be on the frontlines of bringing awareness to mental health and connecting human service delivery systems to individuals, families, communities, the public and private sector and policymakers.

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Update posted by Jessica R On Feb 10, 2019

As you may know, I graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Services and earned my Masters of Science degree with a concentration in leadership in 2014. I have been on a both a professional and personal journey to help bridge human services delivery systems to people help individuals, families, and communities reduce stigma and discrimination and foster skills to help save those in need. This is why I am working towards advancing my education in mental health first aid training and awareness. I would love for you to be a part of this movement!

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You and Tim have been dear champions of mine through the years - I am forever thankful for your love and friendship. Nya:wëh (Thank you!)

Jessica R

Posted On Feb 10, 2019

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Excited to help you on your next step to helping others. We love you!

Marcia Stewart

Backed with $100.00 On Feb 10, 2019

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