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UI Offers Mental Health First Aid Course to Community

June 07, 2017

The University of Idaho’s Vandal Health Education program is offering the nationally recognized Mental Health First Aid training course for community members this July.

Mental Health First Aid is a certification program that helps participants understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health-related crisis.

The program is an interactive eight-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 and resources 

This two-part certification course runs from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, July 12-13, in the Student Recreation Center Classroom. The cost is $25 per registrant, and dinner will be provided. 

All participants need to register online before Thursday, July 6. To register, visit the UI marketplace at

For questions, contact Emily Johnson, mental health coordinator for Vandal Health Education, at 208-885-1539 or Learn more about the program at

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Emily Johnson
Vandal Health Education

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