Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is a certification program to help faculty, staff and students understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack — even with no clinical training — Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis.
This is an interactive 8-hour course that presents an overview of:
- Depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychosis and substance use disorders
- Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems
- Impact of mental illness
- Common treatments
Courses are held throughout the year, and completion of the entire 8-hour course is necessary to gain certification. Participants needing to miss more than 30 minutes of the course will need to register for a different date. For those needing to miss less than 30 minutes, please notify the course instructor Sharon Fritz to schedule a time to cover missed material.
Cost & Details
- The course is provided at no cost for UI employees and students; textbook, refreshments, and supplies are provided courtesy of UI Student Health Services - Vandal Health Education.
- A textbook and refreshments are included with course registration.
- If you are unable to attend the course that you have registered, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel your registration so we can ensure the proper number of refreshments and supplies.
- Training with less than 15 participants registered are subject to cancellation.