mental health first aid faqs

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders.

This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

Students, Faculty and Staff are welcome to become Mental Health First Aiders. There is no cost for you to attend.

  • MHFA participants will complete a 2-hour self-paced online course
  • Plus attend six hours of in-person training on selected dates.
  • Some instructor-led opportunities are divided into two 3-hour sessions.

what people are saying

The MHFA Trainers “did a great job with this session. They were respectful of time, encouraged (but didn’t force) participation, kept us moving, and left things open enough to encourage discussion and comments. The material got deep at times and they handled it well. I highly recommend this training to anyone who interacts with students, staff, or faculty (i.e. everyone). 

Mitchell P. Croatt, Ph.D., Professor and Department Head, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Arts & Sciences

You asked us to let you know when we used ALGEE – I applied it almost as soon as I got out of the first class session. There was a student who was exhibiting signs of distress and needed help, and I felt empowered and capable of helping them find it thanks to my MHFA training. I know that this is something I will use regularly, and I’m so thankful to have it.

Maranda DeBusk, (she/her/hers) Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theatre (Design/Tech)
University of North Carolina-Greensboro
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