The goal of Reach Out’s Mental Health Awareness Training project is to increase the capacity of the Inland Empire region to appropriately respond to individuals with mental health disorders, particularly individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbances (SED) through trainings and improved referral processes. The individuals receiving mental health awareness training under this proposed project are 1) teachers and school personnel who interact with children and youth in a school setting in the Inland Empire region of Southern California, 2) law enforcement and emergency services personnel who are in regular contact with the general public and may need to safety de-escalate crisis situations, and 3) community members.
The population of focus for this project is school-aged youth ages 13-18 in school settings in the Inland Empire region of Southern California
The objectives of this project include:
By September 29, 2026, 1500 teachers and school personnel in the Inland Empire will be trained on the Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum.
By September 29, 2026, 125 law enforcement and emergency services personnel in the Inland Empire will be trained in Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety curriculum.
By September 29, 2026, 500 community members in the Inland Empire will be trained on the QPR curriculum.
By September 29, 2026, at least 10 school sites in the Inland Empire will receive technical assistance and resources for refining and implementing referral systems.
By September 29, 2026, Reach Out will create collaborative partnerships with at least three mental health agencies to assist community agencies with responding to mental health issues and improving coordination of services to the population of focus.
Reach Out will:
1. Provide Mental Health Training to teachers/school personnel, law enforcement/emergency services personnel, and community members in culturally responsive and evidence-based curricula.
2. Offer an up-to-date list of referral resources to mental health providers and other appropriate resources to all Mental Health trainees and partners
3. Develop partnerships with mental health agencies to increase community access to mental health resources.
4. Develop and implement an evidence-based social marketing and awareness campaign to reduce stigma about persons with mental illness and raising the awareness of the need for culturally competent and developmentally appropriate services for the population of focus.