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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 for 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. 

For questions about MHFA please email: depaulmhfa@gmail.com.

Mental Health First Aider

Learn the skills needed to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

MHFT - Skills


To sign up for a MHFA upcoming training at DePaul University visit HPW's DeHUB page.

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