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Bringing Mental Health Awareness to North Louisiana
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What is Project Aware?

Bossier/Caddo Project AWARE is a non-profit coalition of partnering agencies in the Bossier City / Shreveport Metro area that seeks to instruct a variety of public service workers, military, and veterans in evidence-based mental health awareness and intervention training in order to combat the current lack of mental health awareness and subsequent issues in North Louisiana.  Project AWARE offers mental health training to current military members and veterans, their families, EMTs, firefighters, police and other law enforcement agencies, Caddo Parish District Court legal personnel, and University Health Trauma Center medical staff. 

Various staff from all partners will be trained in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), a nationally recognized, accredited curriculum for mental health awareness.

Who We Train:

Military

According to RAND research, about a third of returning Servicemembers Report Symptoms of a Mental Health or Cognitive Condition. Our training will help current military members, veterans, and their families to monitor and take action before major issues arise. 

First Responders

EMTs, firefighters, and police and other law enforcement agencies may enter emergency situations where they must make “critical decisions about how to resolve encounters and whether to initiate formal interventions by criminal justice, behavioral health or social services” (The “Gray Zone”).

Legal Counsel

Caddo Parish District Court legal personnel train to divert those with mental health conditions away from jail and toward facilities that can begin their healing process and “promote fairness throughout the criminal justice system” (Mental Health and Criminal Justice Issues).

University Health Trauma Center Medical Staff

We work with the University Health Trauma Center Medical Staff so that they can identify early stages of mental health conditions, such as PTSD. 

Mental Health First Aid

The Mental Health First Aid curriculum offers two formats based on the needs of trainees.  Project AWARE certified trainers will provide military and families from Barksdale Air Force Base, as well as local veterans and their families, training in the specialized MHFA module for Veterans and Military.  Similarly, EMTs, firefighters, police, and hospital staff will be trained in the specialized Public Safety module of MHFA which focuses on the possible scenarios in which public safety workers often come into contact with individuals who may be experiencing or showing signs of mental health crises.

Our Goals

The goals of Bossier/Caddo Project AWARE are to improve the detection and response to mental health issues in our community, to increase the number of individuals successfully identified, referred, and linked to supportive and/or mental health services, and to reduce the stigma of accessing mental health services. Over a three-year period, Project AWARE trainers will train up to 2,250 individuals in MHFA, as well as track and asses the number of individuals referred to supportive and/or mental health services.  Project AWARE is funded through a Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT) grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Contact us to learn more.