According to the Pennsylvania Youth Survey Coatesville-area youth suffer from much higher rates of depression compared with youth in the remainder of Chester County and the state as a whole. In addition, children in the Coatesville Area School District (CASD) were disproportionately affected by neglect, abuse, delinquency issues, and low graduation rates.These statistics demonstrated not only the need for a strong behavioral health system of care, but also the critical importance of prevention and early intervention for the ongoing success of Coatesville youth.
Already the funder of two key behavioral health agencies, in 2013 the Brandywine Health Foundation decided to further prioritize behavioral health issues in Coatesville and decided to move forward with a plan to bring the Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) curriculum to Coatesville.
YMHFA Training is a FREE 8 Hour training open to any adult living or working in the greater Coatesville area. YMHFA teaches the knowledge and skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to signs and symptoms of behavioral health challenges or crises. The curriculum provides an overview of the signs and symptoms of various behavioral health challenges such as depression, anxiety, suicide, and substance-use disorders.