Young Adult Leadership

What Is the Young Adult Leadership (YAL) Program?

The goal of the Young Adult Leadership (YAL) program is to provide evidence-informed young adult substance misuse prevention strategies for age 18-25 in high risk or high need areas.  The goals are to reduce risk factors while enhancing protective factors to positively impact healthy decisions around the use of substances and increase knowledge of the consequences of substance use.

DPHCS hosts CONNECT trainings through a subcontract with NAMI-NH to increase young adults’ (ages 18-25) knowledge and effectiveness to recognize substance misuse, mental illness and suicidal risk and to increase the capacity of young adults to take collaborative actions towards increasing awareness of substance misuse prevention, emotional health, and suicide among their peers and other stakeholders.  CONNECT is a designated National Best Practice Program that trains professionals and community members to prevent and respond effectively to suicide across the lifespan. 

Young Adult Leaders are...

  • Comfortable with co-facilitating and presenting
  • Committed to providing one training for others
  • Passionate about addressing the issues of substance misuse, mental health and suicide
  • Mentors for others!

Training Opportunities

DPHCS hosts one CONNECT training through a subcontract with NAMI-NH to increase young adults’ (ages 18-25) knowledge and effectiveness to recognize substance misuse, mental illness and suicidal risk and to increase the capacity of young adults to take collaborative actions towards increasing awareness of substance misuse prevention, emotional health, and suicide among their peers and other stakeholders.  CONNECT is a designated National Best Practice Program that trains professionals and community members to prevent and respond effectively to suicide across the lifespan. 

After this training, participants will be able to...

  • Recognize  the stigma associated with behavioral health issues and how it prevents people from seeking help
  • Identify signs of behavioral health risk, be able to openly talk with people about your concerns and connect them to resources
  • Understand how mental health and substance misuse issues can increase suicide risk in an individual
  • Increase awareness of behavioral health resources, including treatment and recovery