Students FIRST Project

Students FIRST Project is pleased to announce the launching of our all new website ( The Students FIRST Project website is an online mental health resource designed for Chittenden County parents, guardians, schools, and other child serving professionals. The site has a wide array of relevant and practical mental health related information and resources for all care providers and professionals, including:
  • General information about child and adolescent mental health, risk and protective factors for mental health related concerns (including who is at higher risk in Chittenden County), and strategies for how care providers can help to promote the mental health of all young people in our community

  • Signs and symptoms of developing mental health concerns or crises, how to ask the right questions to get important information, and what to do when you have concerns

  • Range of supports and services in Chittenden County and how to access and pay for them, including links to an interactive database where you can search for local mental health providers by specific parameters (i.e. location, age of children served, insurances accepted, etc.)

  • Links to high quality local and national mental health information and resources

  • Descriptions of the most common mental health disorders affecting children and adolescents in Chittenden County along with school and home strategies for addressing symptoms associated with each disorder

  • Links to important suicide related information and resources for child and adolescent care providers

  • A searchable database of therapeutic groups offered to children and adolescents in Chittenden County (groups are just starting to be added so check back often)

  • And moreā€¦.. the site is growing everyday thanks to the input from our Chittenden County community

Please feel free to contact us (Howard Center) if there is specific information you would like to see included on this site or if you have any questions or comments.

Thank you,

Debbie Mintz

Howard Center