Overcoming Stigma: Actions to Improve Adolescent Mental Health


Event Description

The training will cover the following learning objectives:

- Identify stigma around mental health.

- Understand stigma as a barrier to early intervention among youth seeking mental health services.

- Discuss causes and solutions to mental health stigma among adolescents.


Bobbi Perkins

Bobbi Perkins joined the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) in September 2021 as a Technical Expert Lead with the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program and as the Project Director for the Mountain Plain Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Center. Prior to joining WICHE, she worked at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Division (BHDDD) since 2014. In this role, she represented MT as the Single State Authority (SSA) for substance use disorder continuum of care and was responsible for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Block Grants and SAMHSA discretionary grants (Partnership for Success, State Opioid Response, FEMA Crisis Counseling, Pregnant and Post-Partum Women Pilot). Through this work she worked with partners and experts in the field to identify prevention, treatment and recovery support needs for individuals and families at risk for or struggling with substance, opioid, and stimulant use disorders. Collaboratively, she designed training and technical assistance to enhance access to evidence-based treatment across the behavioral health continuum. Bobbi has worked in the EMS, healthcare, and public health systems since 1995 and earned an undergraduate degree in Organizational Communication from Montana State University, a certificate in Public Health Management from the University of Washington, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public health and public administration through the University of Montana.

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