Brain waves’ frequency determines our experiences of being, thinking, and perceiving. Actions, habits, and words have the power to impact this frequency and control our state of mental well-being. With the right awareness, connection, and practical tools, each of us has the power to Change the Frequency of mental health in ourselves and others.


Project AWARE aims to effectively…

Goal 1: Infrastructure
Increase sustainability of mental health programs, services, and supports by developing and expanding school-based mental health infrastructures within partner LEA schools.

  • Establish mental health and/or Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) teams for addressing mental health and student wellness within schools
  • Create and reinforce partnerships with local mental health providers
  • Review and update local policies related to student wellness
  • Increase capacity for key mental health trainings
  • Completion of School Health Assessment Performance Evaluation System (SHAPE) to measure mental health program quality and sustainability

Goal 2: Capacity
Increase the capacity of LEA partner schools’ staff to employ evidence-based tools and systems of support to detect and respond to mental health issues.

  • Provision of high-quality professional development opportunities for educators and community members such as Youth Mental Health First Aid and suicide prevention trainings
  • Create systems for identifying key indicators related to suicide risk and ideation to prevent suicide

Goal 3: Tiered Interventions
Increase partner schools’ early identification of mental health needs, interventions to address them, and the number of students identified, referred, and receiving student wellness and mental health services.

  • Universal screening to identify those in need of mental health support and/or assessment by a mental health professional
  • Provide opportunities to students and staff to promote resilience, pro-social behaviors and prevent development of mental health disorders
  • Utilization of evidence-based tiered interventions such as mental health literacy (Tier 1), mental wellness and skills-based small groups (Tier 2), and individual school-based therapy (Tier 3)
  • Development of clear and consistent referral pathways and procedures for families to increase access to mental health support

Goal 4: Engagement
Increase student and family awareness of mental health issues, services and engagement through efforts that enhance partnerships and reduce stigma associated with mental health.

  • Implement messaging to reduce stigma associated with topics of mental health
  • Establish connections with local partners and community coalitions to broaden and link resources to students and families
  • Involve student and family voice in the creation and/or implementation of initiatives related to student wellbeing


state and local policy changes
educational professionals trained
mental health professionals trained
organizations to improve mental health practices
students receiving either informal or formal mental health related assessment
Individuals referred to mental health or related services
referrals resulted in delivery of mental health or related services

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Indiana Department of Education
Change the Frequency
Division of Mental Health and Addiction

All activities and resources shown on this website are a result of the FY 2018 and FY 2021 Project AWARE –SEA grant awarded to the Indiana Department of Education by the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), FOA, No. SM-18-006, CFDA No. 93.243.

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