Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM)
Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) is a universal prevention program that was developed in Europe. YAM was part of the Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe (SEYLE) Study that was conducted in ten European Union countries with 11,110 adolescent participants between November 2009 to December 2010. The study found that YAM was associated with a significant decrease of suicide attempt incidents, and severe suicidal ideation. The YAM program has expanded to be utilized throughout Europe, in Australia, India and the United States.
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health is partnering with Baltimore City Public Schools to implement a research study on Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM). The study aims to develop an appropriate adaptation of the program for urban schools.
Two BHA staff have been trained as instructors for YAM. In addition to the above-mentioned study, BHA is interested in piloting YAM in other Maryland middle and high schools as well as in appropriate community settings. If your organization is interested in learning more, please contact:
Natalie Miller, LMSW
Mental Health Promotion Coordinator