Summary: The proposed project will bring together healthcare and education partners across southeast Arkansas to provide evidence-based Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to over 1,000 individuals each year, including professionals serving college students and college students. A federally qualified health center will provide mental health services for individuals in need of intervention, including counseling and/or treatment.
Project Name: Save our Students: Mental Health First Aid Training for Rural Colleges Population(s) to be served (demographics & clinical characteristics): College students at 8 local partner college campuses in Southeast Arkansas (generally age 18-24 years of age, low-income and lower middle class, Caucasian & African American mix, general good physical health without a primary care provider and undiagnosed mental health conditions, if present) Strategies/Interventions: 1) Develop collaborative partnerships, 2) Produce local resource & referral materials, 3) Provide MHFA Training, 4) Refer individuals to needed mental health care Project Goals & Measurable Objectives: Goal 1) Increase the capacity of local college and healthcare partners to appropriately support and respond to the mental health needs of college students. Objectives: 1) By October 31, 2021, ARHP will increase formalized local collaborative partnerships between colleges and healthcare organizations to leverage resources in order to meet the mental health needs of local college students; 2) In year one, project partners will develop written and electronic materials to improve access to resources; 3) Each year, ARHP staff will provide Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to approximately 30 Mainline Health Systems mental health and related workforce staff; 4) By September 29, 2024, ARHP staff will have trained approximately 75% of college partner faculty, administration, and staff members in MHFA; and 5) By the end of grant funding, local college partners will have the infrastructure and capacity to sustain project efforts within their organizations. Goal 2) Increase the number of college students prepared in evidence-based programs to recognize the mental health needs of their peers and connect them to needed resources. Objectives: 1) By the close of each grant year, ARHP staff will have trained approximately 60% of student leaders engaged in residence life/leadership ambassador programs at three partnering college campuses in MHFA; 2) By September 29, 2025, ARHP staff will have trained approximately 75% of student athletes at one partnering campus in MHFA; 3) By September 29, 2022, ARHP staff will have trained approximately 30% of the incoming freshman class at eight partnering campuses in MHFA; 4) In years 2-5, ARHP staff will have trained approximately 50% of the incoming freshman class at eight partnering campuses in MHFA; and 5) Individuals completing MHFA will assist at least 100 college students per year in accessing needed mental health services. Throughout the five-year project, 6,610 total individuals will be trained in MHFA (approximately 1,050 in Yr. 1 and 1,390/per year in Yrs 2-5)