The Office of School and Student Supports in the Department of Education recognizes that our schools and their staff are working hard every day to respond to the varying academic, social, physical, and emotional needs of their students. The Opioid Prevention Task Force, created by Governor Mills’ Executive Order No. 2,identified the need to broadcast and advertise resources available through the Maine Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to schools as one way to support school personnel in their work to respond to the social and emotional needs of students.
In 2017, a law was passed that requires school administrative units to establish a youth mental health first aid training program for health educators in secondary schools. According to MRS Title 20-A, §6671, if funding is available, SAUs are required to have their secondary schools’ health education staff trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). NAMI-Maine is excited to be able to offer the evidence-based YMHFA training to any school staff across the state. Through funding from the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation, NAMI-Maine is able to provide these trainings at no cost to schools. Further, NAMI Maine is able to deliver a comprehensive offering of youth mental health programming to both staff and students. For more information, please visit the NAMI-Maine Educator Resources page, or contact the Youth Mental Health Programs Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 622-5767 ext. 2320.