Student Services - Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education (AWARE)

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General Information

The purpose of Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) is to increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth; provide training in Youth Mental Health First Aid; and connect children, youth, and families who may have behavioral health issues to appropriate services.

Project AWARE Goals

Goal 1: Increase participation of the community (including families and youth) and mental health providers (including school-based and community-based providers) in efforts to identify the mental health resources available to meet the needs of students and families.

Goal 2: Increase awareness and identification of mental health and behavior concerns, and student and family access to mental health providers through the PBIS framework in Georgia Project AWARE (GPA) schools.

Goal 3: Increase the percentage of Georgia youth and families receiving needed mental health services through collaboration with community mental health providers.

Goal 4: Train educators, first responders, parents and youth group leaders to respond to mental health needs of youth by providing FREE training in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA).

Documents and Resources

Resource Directory YMHFA
AWARE Digest Spring 2017
AWARE Digest Summer 2017
AWARE Digest Fall 2017
AWARE Digest Winter 2017
AWARE Digest Winter 2018
Simple Functional Behavioral Assessment
SAMHSA Project Aware Grant Information
Georgia Project AWARE
United Way of Chattahoochee Valley 2-1-1 Get Connected. Get Answers
Project AWARE on Facebook
Project AWARE on Twitter
Project AWARE on Instagram

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child’s participation in Project AWARE activities mean my child has done something wrong?

No. The intent of the Project AWARE grant is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated, and integrated program for advancing wellness and resilience in educational settings for school-aged youth.

What if I don’t want my child to participate in Project AWARE activities?

All of the Project AWARE activities are designed to build wellness and resilience in youth. We want all children to be successful in our school environment. Many of the Project AWARE activities will be integrated into the school day for all students. You will be contacted by the school if your child is recommended for additional supports through the Project AWARE grant. You may speak with your school about opting out of activities.

Why do you need to screen all the kids? My kid seems to be doing fine.

The purpose of universal screening is to identify ways the school can better meet the needs of all children. When we analyze the screening data, we will determine additional supports that are needed school-wide, in individual classrooms, and for individual groups of students. The intent of the screening process is to identify how we can increase the success of all kids in the school environment.

What Interventions/Initiatives do you have in place?

Listed below are several initiatives and interventions that are either in place or in the planning stages of other programs.

  1. Student Listening Circle Facilitation (middle/high) - Click here for demonstration.
  2. Sources of Strength Suicide Prevention Program (middle/high) –
  3. "Ending the Silence” is a 50 minute classroom presentation to increase awareness of mental illnesses by NAMI (high)
  4. Second Step Social/Emotional Learning Curriculum (elementary/middle)
  5. Universal Screening for Social-Emotional and Behavioral Needs
  6. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  7. Check-In/Check-Out

Not all Interventions are in place at all schools. Contact If you would like more information.

Contact Information

Dr. Kenya Gilmore Director of Project AWARE & PBIS