Teen Mental Health FIrst Aid is an evidence-based training program for teens in grades 10-12, or ages 15-18, that teaches teens how to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of suicide risk, substance use, and mental health challenges among friends and peers.Learn More
Mercer County has experienced an alarming trend of increasing youth suicides, suicidal ideation and attempts. In our work conducting school-based workshops, we, too, have experienced increasing numbers of youth disclosing suicidal ideation. Suicide remains the third leading cause of death for youth age 10-24 in New Jersey*, and Mercer is among the top 3 counties with the highest rates of suicide attempts and self inflicted injuries statewide.
In our work providing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children and youth in crisis, PEI Kids routinely screens for suicide risk and makes crisis referrals for youth needing immediate intervention and a higher level of care due to suicide risk. Since 2021, we have seen an increase in the need for these referrals.
*Source: 2016 Suicide Report by NJ Division of Children & Families.
PEI Kids’ programs help children at a crossroads work through some of the most critical and tumultuous times in their lives. Consistent with our role as a community leader in child safety and well-being, PEI Kids views the tMHFA initiative as a strategic fit within our program offering.
Through this project, we hope to address emerging mental health needs by proactively addressing the mental health challenges and social-emotional needs our youth may be facing as they navigate school, the social environment, and the stressors of adolescence and everyday life.Helpful Resources