Mental Health Awareness and Training Grant



St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea received a $ 625,000 Mental Health Awareness and Training (MHAT) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in September 2021. The grant will provide mental health training to over 2 500 community members over the next five years. .

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the nation’s behavioral health and improve the lives of people with disorders mental health and drug addiction. , and their families. In particular, the MHAT grants program prepares and trains community members and first responders on how to respond appropriately and safely to people with mental disorders.


The St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Community Health Improvement Team and SRSLY Coalitions will use the MHAT grant to develop and implement evidence-based mental health awareness training, including:

  • Persuader Refer (QPR) question for young people and adults
  • Adolescent Mental Health First Aid: A Peer Program Designed for Adolescents
  • Youth mental health first aid: a program for adults who work with youth
  • Mental Health First Aid: An Adult Program For Recognized Mental Health Problems In Other Adults

The trainings will be available for adults and adolescents who work with young people, parents, grandparents and caregivers and adolescents. The grant will also identify resources and support available for mental health, establish a referral mechanism to connect young people to mental health services and help young people develop a stigma reduction campaign. .

Upcoming initiatives:

  • Connect with community organizations to plan training for their staff
  • Work with local trainers to plan community trainings
  • Recruit youth for a youth-led anti-stigma campaign
  • Compile local mental health resources for a resource guide

How to get involved:

  • Train and / or become a trainer
  • Learn more about local mental health resources
  • Young people can join the anti-stigma campaign planning team
  • Subscribe to our mailing list to access resources, information and future training in mental health
  • Request training for your organization, club or workplace

To get started in any of these activities, contact our program coordinator.

Meet the program coordinator

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Wilczynski is the program coordinator for the MHAT grant. Prior to this role, she was Special Projects Coordinator at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea working with SRSLY to promote substance use prevention in Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester and Stockbridge. As a program coordinator, Wilczynski is responsible for implementing evidence-based mental health awareness trainings, helping young people develop a stigma reduction campaign, identifying resources and working with community organizations. Wilczynski holds a master’s degree in public health and a bachelor’s degree in community health from Grand Valley State University.

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