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Better Todays. Better Tomorrows. For Childrenís Mental Health is an innovative adult education program focusing on the mental health of children and youth ages 10-24 at the Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health (ISU-IRH). The project has offered training to 10,000 people since its inception in 2000, with participants representing three-quarters of Idahoís school districts and virtually all counties. Since 2006, Better Todays has partnered with the Idaho Awareness to Action Youth Suicide Project funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Previous funders have included the Idaho Office of the Governor and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The National Institute on Mental Health Outreach Partners Program provides guidance on current science through ISU-IRH.

Goals

The goals are to train adult gatekeepers on the signs and symptoms of mental illness in children and youth, suicide risk assessment and intervention, the latest scientific information on childhood mental disorders, and the impacts of trauma on mental health. Reducing stigma about mental health issues and encouraging early intervention and treatment-seeking also are key goals. Better Todays offers trainings in and outside Idaho. A train the trainer program also can be scheduled out of state to allow your organization to offer Better Todays trainings in your area.

Honors

Better Todays has been designated an evidence-informed practice by the RAND Corporation, SAMHSA, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and the National Association of Rural Mental Health. The program partners with the National Institute on Mental Health, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Idaho Chapter, the Idaho Governorís Council on Suicide Prevention and the Idaho Mental Health Planning Council.

Trainings

Annual in-state trainings are available in all geographic regions. The current training flyer is available here. For those who are unable to attend an in-state training and want to hold one in their Idaho community, contact Better Todays at todays@isu.edu. Out-of-state trainings also can be scheduled on request at minimal cost by contacting todays@isu.edu.

You're Invited to a FREE Children's Mental Health Training

Better Todays. and the Awareness to Action Youth Suicide Prevention project (AAYSP) offer FREE 1-day trainings across the state. The sessions are designed to train adult gatekeepers on the signs and symptoms of mental illness in children and youth, suicide risk assessment and intervention, the latest scientific information on childhood mental disorders, and the impacts of trauma. Gatekeepers include parents and families, professionals, school faculty and staff, mental and physical health providers, first responders, juvenile detention and probation officers, advocates, and others who care for or about the mental health of youth.

Special Interest

Virtual Packet of Training Materials

To learn how to participate in research about mental health conditions, contact the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Clinical Trials or the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Trials.

This document was developed, in part, with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the State of Idaho, and Idaho State University. However, the contents herein do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the State of Idaho or Idaho State University. The contents are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of any funding agency.

Last Modified: 10/26/11 at 11:19:31 AM