Upstream 2: Increasing Youth Mental Health and Trauma Awareness

Upstream 2: Increasing youth mental health and trauma awareness among community health and service providers

The Upstream 2 project will provide mental health and trauma training and consultation to providers and professionals serving youth ages 12 to 18 years and their families across 6 counties bordering New Hampshire and Vermont. The project will be divided into two 24-month cohorts from December 2022 through December 2026:

  • Cohort 1: Windsor County, Vermont and Cheshire and Grafton County, New Hampshire
  • Cohort 2: Windham County, Vermont and Sullivan and Orange County, New Hampshire

Our overall goal is to increase the capacity for educators, emergency responders, and other community and service providers to identify trauma and mental health needs in youth ages 12 to 18 years and to link youth and their families to needed services. Our objectives are to:

  • Provide 24 in-person or virtual trainings (6 annually), totaling 780 trainees by the end of the project: The Upstream 2 project will provide training in recognizing the signs and symptoms of trauma and neglect and the accompanying serious emotional disturbance as well as mental health needs in youth ages 12 to 18 years; de-escalating youth in crisis, and awareness of resources and mental health referral linkages in the community
  • Increase trainees’ self-reported:
    • Knowledge of local evidence-based practices
    • Knowledge of local mental health and social services
    • Trauma and mental health knowledge and skills
  • Provide 576 hours of ongoing consultation to trainees through county-based youth mental health experts.

Planned partners

  • Health Care Rehabilitation Services
  • Maps Counseling Services