Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour training designed to give participants the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to recognize and respond to the warning signs and symptoms of a mental illness or emotional crisis.

This course is tailored specifically for university cultures to include:

  • A discussion of campus culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health
  • A discussion of the specific stress and risk factors faced by the higher education population
  • Application of the action plan in a number of scenarios designed specifically for faculty, staff and students
  • A review of the mental health resources on campus and through partnerships in the community

Why Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid helps people understand that mental illnesses and addictions are real, common and treatable, and that it's okay to seek help. Research demonstrates this program's effectiveness in improving knowledge of mental illness and substance use, removing fear and misunderstanding, and enabling those trained to offer concrete assistance. Mental Health First Aid is proven to be effective and is listed in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices. 

How Do I Register for a MHFA Training? 

This year, Health Promotion and Wellness will be offering trainings for staff and faculty or students. If you would like to attend an upcoming session, please register below by selecting the appropriate link: 

  • Staff and faculty can register by accessing this link
  • Students can register by accessing this link

Each training is scheduled from 8:00am until 5:00pm and is held in the Alumni Room on the first floor of Student Counseling Service (5555 S. Woodlawn). Please keep in mind that you must attend the full 8 hours of training in order to be certified. Continuing education units (CEUs) are also available for those who are interested. 

If you have any questions about this training, please contact Julie Edwards at (773) 702-8247 or julieedwards@uchicago.edu.