Claiborne Aware

Our goal at Claiborne AWARE is to increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged children and adults.  We provide free trainings to community members so they can deal effectively with mental health problems and help connect individuals with mental health services they may need.  Another goal of Claiborne AWARE is to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.

Contact our Project Director Jill Waltemate for a list of trainings that we can offer your group or agency (minimum of 5, maximum 30).  All trainings and materials are provided at no cost.

For additional information, contact Jill Waltemate at


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Promote healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research, and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists through their careers.

American Academy of Pediatrics
Attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

American Association of Intellectual and Development Disorders
Promotes progressive policies, sound research effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education, and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

American Psychiatric Association
Promote universal and equitable access to the highest quality care for all people affected by mental disorders, including substance use disorders; promote psychiatric education and research; advance and represent the profession of psychiatry; and serve the professional needs of its membership.

American Psychological Association
Promote the advancement, communication, and application of psychological science and knowledge to benefit society and improve lives.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Improves the quality of life for those who suffer through evidence-based educational resources, professional practice, and scientific research; works to prevent, treat, and cure anxiety disorders and depression.

Child Mind Institute
Transform the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need.

Child Welfare Information Gateway’s Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect: Summary of State Laws
This summary will also tell you whether you are required to report by law and specific statute information for a particular state.

Crisis Text Line
Text “MHFA” to 741741
Available 24/7, 365 days a year, this organization helps people with mental health challenges by connecting callers with trained crisis volunteers who will provide confidential advice, support, and referrals if needed.

Mental Health First Aid
Skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Provides advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Raise the standard for care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families, and communities throughout the United States.

National Eating Disorders Association
Supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures, and access to quality care.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Generate and disseminate fundamental knowledge about the effects of alcohol on health and well-being, and apply that knowledge to improve diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems, including alcohol use disorder, across the lifespan.

National Institute on Drug Abuse
Advance science on drug use and addiction and to apply knowledge to improve individual and public health.

National Institute of Health
Seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.

National Institute of Mental Health
Transform the understanding and treatment of mental illness through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
This is a crisis hotline that can help with many issues, not just suicide. For example, anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal; family and friends who are concerned about a loved one; or anyone interested in mental health treatment referrals can call the lifeline. Callers are connected to with a professional nearby who will talk with them about what they are feeling or their concerns for other family and friends. Call the toll-free lifeline, 24 hours/day, seven days/week.

The National Council for Behavioral Health
Search for organizations that are committed to providing mental health services to anyone in the community who needs it regardless of their ability to pay.

The Trevor Project
Call 866-488-7386 or Text “START” to 687687
Trained counselors available 24/7 to support people under 25 who are in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment free place to talk. Specializing in supporting LGBTQ+ community.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Samhsa provides information on mental health services and treatment centers through an online service locator. You can search by your location, whether they provide services for youth, payment options (private insurance, cash, or something else), languages spoken, etc.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Enhance the health and well-being of all Americans, by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advanced in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services.