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By Melody Martinsen
Choteau Acantha editor 

YAM teaches basic mental health hygiene to ninth graders

The Montana Gap


October 4, 2018

Vonnie Jacobson, Choteau Acantha

Jane Wolery, a Montana State University Extension agent in Choteau, teaches Power High School students the Youth Aware of Mental Health Health program last May.

Retired Browning educator Larry Woolf spent 11 years as a teacher and 15 as a guidance counselor in public schools on the Blackfeet Reservation. He has seen, again and again, the devastating pain of teenage suicide.

"Working in the schools, I'd gone to enough funerals for kids," he said in an interview this spring.

The pain of losing those young people motivated Woolf to become a trainer in a new mental health program for teenagers - a program he hopes will sharply reduce the rate of teenage suicide in Montana.

Woolf is now a certified trainer and classroom presenter for the Youth Aware of...

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