Sequoia Support Services provides Culturally Respectful,
Quality Counseling and Behavioral Health Services

EDKEY Inc. was founded in 1996. EDKEY Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. EDKEY operates 18 school sites throughout Arizona as well as a distance-learning program. Sequoia Charter Schools was founded with the intent of working together WITH families in the education of their children in an environment where every child is known by all of the staff in a very positive environment with high expectations. 

In 2013, EDKEY Inc. organized Sequoia Support Services, which is an AZ licensed behavioral health agency that provides culturally respectful, quality counseling and behavioral health service to youth and families within the EDKEY system of care. Sequoia Support Services employs AZ licensed counselors and highly trained behavioral health staff skilled in supporting youth and families. Our staff is competent in working with conduct and mental health issues, trauma and loss, substance abuse and addictions as well as developing essential life skills and improving school engagement and performance.

Sequoia Support Services mission is to support the development of safe, successful, healthy and drug-free youth and families.

  1. Promote Health & Safety
  2. Develop Capable, Caring, Contributing Youth
  3. Support Family & Community Connections
  4. Promote Life-Long Learning

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA - For Adults Assisting Young People

Sign Up Now to Become a Youth Mental Health First Aider!

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. The training is 8 hours after which participants are certified as YMHF Aiders.

Sequoia Support Services offers First Aiders additional supports and training. We also have a Monthly Tips newletter that goes out to our EDKEY family and supporting community coalition members. Please feel free to check other tabs on our web site for information on referring youth to counseling and other services available.

Sequoia Support Services has 4 teams of YMHFA Instructors
Bonny Beach
Emilie Karlin
Crystal Novak
Melissa Alamprese
Boyd Tsosie
Kerry Iyua
Danielle Hainsworth
Winnie Mendivil

To arrange a training at your site please call Bonny Beach at 602-448-0935.

For additional information and access to research and other behavioral health information use the mental health first aid link below.