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Moving Beyond the Classroom: 100 Lorain Teachers Trained in Mental Health First Aid

Advancing Wellness And Resilience in Education

Project_AWARE_Ohio_logo_color.jpgProject AWARE Ohio is a partnership between the Ohio Department of Education, the Center for School Based-Mental Health Programs at Miami University and the educational service centers within three pilot communities: Cuyahoga County, Warren County and Wood County. Funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Project AWARE Ohio supports schools and communities in:

  • Raising awareness of behavioral health issues among school-aged youth;
  • Providing training to detect and respond to mental health challenges and crisis in children and young adults; and
  • Increasing access to behavioral health supports for children, youth and families.


Increasing Skills to Identify and Respond to Signs of Mental Health Problems in School Age Youth - Statewide Resources and trainings available to school staff and community partners raise awareness of the mental health needs of youth and how to intervene. 




"The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also." 

Harriet Ann Jacobs, famed author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Spring has finally arrived in northeast Ohio! Green buds, blossoming flowers, baseball, and rays of sunshine are sure to improve upon the dreariness felt through the long winter. As your own spirits are lifted by the regrowth of spring, we ask that you take a moment to consider a very important issue for the month of May: Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness Statistics & Resources 

  • 1 in 5 children ages 13 -18 have, or will have, a serious mental illness
  • 1 in 5 adults in the US experience a mental illness
  • ½ of all chronic mental illness begins before a 14 and ¾ before age 24
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24; 90% of those who died by suicide has an underlying mental illness
  • 37% of students with a mental illness age 14 and older will drop out of school
  • 70% of youth in the juvenile justice system have a mental illness
  • 10.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders
  • 43.8 million adults experience mental illness each year
  • 60% of adults with a mental illness didn't receive mental health services in the previous year      

1. Cuyahoga County Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Crisis, Information & Referral Hotline  


2. Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services Board

Call toll-free for information and referral: 1-877-275-6364

3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) Treatment Referral Hotline 

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

1-800-487-4889 (TYY) 

Contact Information  
Mary Wise, M.S.W., M.S.C.E.
Project AWARE Coordinator
      Denise Pietrzak, M.S.S.A.
Project AWARE System Navigator
 System Navigation
Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)
 Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
 Project AWARE

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