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    Supporting Mental Health Awareness,
    Recognition, and Training (SMART)

    Supporting Mental Health Awareness, Recognition, and Training (SMART)

    Who we serve
    Adults who work with youth
    Where
    Miami-Dade County
    What we do
    Provision of Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
    Supporting Mental Health Awareness, Recognition, and Training (SMART)

    The stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment is prominent within underserved communities, where instances of unmet mental illness/mental health needs are common and often lead to self-medication involving controlled substances. SMART (Supporting Mental Health Awareness, Recognition, and Training) aims to reduce this stigma by increasing the capacity of individuals who provide services to these communities to help them identify signs of serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbances. SMART provides free Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training for service providers, including school officials, first-responders, as well as community and faith-based leaders who work directly with populations that include at-risk youth.

    YMHFA is an evidence-based mental health awareness training that teaches adults how to identify, understand, and respond to youth experiencing a mental health crisis. SMART implements this training so individuals closest to those who are at risk, are equipped with the tools to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders and to identify community resources.

    Additionally, SMART utilizes its internal team of community resource experts to increase the ability of individuals trained to refer and link youth to mental health resources and services.

    Have a question about this program?

    Our Program Coordinator would be more than happy to contact you.

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