What is YAM?

Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) is a universal intervention (delivered to all youth of a group/class) mental health promotion program that aims to raise mental health awareness about risk and protective factors associated with suicide, including knowledge about depression and anxiety, and toenhance the skills and emotional resiliency needed to deal with stress and crisis. The format of the YAM intervention empowers youth to think, verbalize, and discuss important mental health issues, such as suicide, in a context that is meaningful to them.

  • In a study, which involved ~11,000 ninth grade adolescents in 10 European countries, the YAM intervention reduced incident (new cases of) suicide attempts by 55% and suicidal thoughts by 50%, compared to control, over one year.
    • Lancet. 2015;385(9977):1536-44. PubMed PMID: 25579833
  • The CMHRR, in collaboration with the YAM originators and Madhukar Trivedi, M.D. (UT Southwestern), is testing YAM for the first time in the U.S
  • MSU Extension, in collaboration with the CMHRR and Bill Bryan of One Montana, received a USDA grant to evaluate delivery of YAM by Extension faculty in frontier and rural setting schools in Montana. A Montana Mental Health Trust Foundation grant is extending this work. 

 Schools Teaching YAM

Workforce

  • MSU Extension is partnering with the CMHRR to implement mental health literacy and suicide prevention programming. Currently, the CMHRR collaborated with Extension to train and support 17 Extension faculty in delivering YAM in rural Montana. MSU Extension is the first Extension program to test YAM in the US.
  • CMHRR has plans to continue training YAM facilitators to extend YAM to more schools throughout Montana. 

Meet the YAM Faciltators

Facilitators

County

 School

  • Tara Andrews
  • Roni Baker
  • Janell Barber
  • Alice Burchak
  • Jasmine Carabajal
  • Roubie Younkin
  • Josie Evenson
  • Jessie Fulbright
  • Kelly Moore
  • Te-atta Plainfeather
  • Brenda Richey
  • Julie Riley
  • Kendra Seilstad
  • Mary Ruth St. Pierre
  • Juli Thurston
  • Kara Tengedal
  • Jane Wolery
  • Kaitlin Kolka
  • Kimberly Richardson
  • Mary Anne Keyes

 

Non- Extension Facilitators

 

  • Dana Dick
  • Tommy Donovan
  • Ash Schoep
  • Jenny Gorsegner
  • Ali McHugh
  • Kathy Shea
  • Abby Timberlake
  • Larry Woolf
  • Thomas Shawl
  • Julia Christianson
  • Jolene Martinez
  • Amy Sterling
  • Anna Wurzer
  • Aria Mangan
  • Abby Harnett
  • Alexis Holland
  • Angela Dondero
  • Emily Jonart
  • Dan Foley
  • Dan Larson
  • Ashley Choquette
  • Julia Love
  • McKenley Jessop
  • Kelley Edwards
  • Custer
  • Yellowstone
  • Chouteau
  • Toole
  • Hill
  • Valley
  • Richland
  • Liberty
  • Missoula
  • Crow Reservation
  • Flathead Reservation
  • Powder River
  • Blaine
  • Rocky Boy Reservation
  • Sanders
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Teton 
  • Rosebud
  • Deer Lodge
  • Park

 

 

 

  • Gallatin
  • Gallatin
  • Gallatin
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Blackfeet Reservation
  • Blackfeet Reservation
  • Cascade
  • Cascade
  • Cascade
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Sanders
  • Sanders
  • Ravalli
  • Ravalli
  • Silver Bow
  • Silver Bow
  • Silver Bow
  • Silver Bow
  • Gallatin
  • Gallatin
  • Gallatin
  •  Miles City
  • Shepherd and Park City
  • Geraldine
  • Shelby
  • Havre
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  • Chester
  • Florence
  • Pretty Eagle
  • Polson and Ronan
  • Broadus
  • Chinook and Turner
  • Rocky Boy
  •  Noxon
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  • Choteau, Fairfield, Power
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  • Livingston, Shields Valley, Gardiner

 

 

  • Bozeman 
  • Bozeman 
  • Bozeman 
  • Helena and Capital 
  • Helena and Capital
  • Helena and Capital
  • Helena and Capital
  • Browning
  • Browning
  • Great Falls Middle
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Affiliated Faculty YAM

Benjamin Oosterhoff, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Montana State University

Benjamin Oosterhoff

Research Interests
Dr. Oosterhoff’s research focuses on understanding how to best support the health, well-being, education, and engagement of young people. His central research questions seek to study early childhood predictors of youth civic engagement (e.g., volunteering, political behaviors, conservation behaviors), examining how emotions motivate civic and political beliefs and action, and elucidating the implications of civic engagement for teens’ physical and psychological health and education.

Websitehttp://www.montana.edu/psychology/directory/2114776/benjamin-oosterhoff