Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Training Grant
In order to help communities respond to the mental health needs of their residents, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced the Mental Health Awareness Training grant (MHAT). The Health Department is fortunate to have received the MHAT grant in September 2021. The grant provides the department with federal funding to accomplish the following goals:

  • Train Town of Norwood employees, Norwood School District teachers, and Primary Care Physicians in Mental Health First Aid to increase their capacity to respond to the mental health needs in the community. 
    • Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course offered by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing that teaches participants about mental health, the impact of early intervention, how to recognize early signs and worsening signs of a mental health challenge, how to identify signs of a mental health crisis and how to employ de-escalation techniques when needed.
  • Increase knowledge of mental health and increase awareness of resources available to residents with a mental health illness, families of someone with a mental health illness, and to the general public.
  • Reduce the number of Norwood students and residents experiencing poor mental health

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