This program is designed for teachers, administrators, school health professionals and others in the school community. NAMI is also developing a program module for parents and caregivers in the school community on the early warning signs of mental illnesses.
The program is designed to target schools in urban, suburban, rural, and culturally diverse communities. The toolkit is being developed to be culturally sensitive and will include a Spanish language version.
NAMI is working with the University of Maryland on the evaluation component to measure the program’s success and to help ensure continuous quality and program improvement.
For more information about this program, please contact:
Pam Childs, Programs Administrator, NAMI Utah
See also NAMI Utah’s school-based educational program for students, parents and educators, Hope for Tomorrow. (please link to HFT page)
Stay in touch with NAMI Utah.
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