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Mental Health First Aid

​​​​​​​​​Mental Health First-Aid Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs f​​​or mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

Mental Health First Aid is a nationally recognized evidence based program that empowers individuals to:
  • Grow their knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illnesses and addictions.
  • Identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources for individuals with a mental illness or addiction.
  • Increase their confidence in and likelihood to help an individual in distress.
  • Show increased mental wellness themselves.

Studies also show that the program reduces the social distance created by negative attitudes and perceptions of individuals with mental illnesses.

You can visit mentalhealthfirstaid.org to learn more about the program. To sign up for a MHFA at DePaul University visit HPW's DeHUB page to sign up for an upcoming training. ​