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 Emily Johnson to schedule a time to cover missed material.
Cost & Details
- Faculty/staff course registration is $25 per participant and can be paid by check on the first day of the course or by department budget.
- Students are not charged for the courses unless they fail to attend and complete the course, which will result in the $25 registration fee charged to their student account.
- A textbook is included in the registration fee.
- Training with less than 15 participants registered are subject to cancellation.
- A limited number of scholarships are available. Email Emily Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For more information, or to inquire about hosting a course for a specific group of at least 15 participants, contact Emily Johnson, Mental Health Program Coordinator with Vandal Health Education at email@example.com or 208-885-1539.