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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: hpw@depaul.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a nationally recognized certification program that teaches participants how to notice the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions in other individuals, how to approach them with your concerns nonjudgmentally, and how to connect them to the appropriate mental health services.

Anyone! MHFA was created as a resource that any adult can use to support the mental health needs of the other adults in their community who may be struggling with their mental wellbeing.

No. Similar to how first aid training for physical symptoms only teaches participants how to support someone in the moment then direct that person to proper medical professionals, MHFA teaches participants how to support someone else in the moment and help them find support from mental health professionals.

The office of Health Promotion and Wellness hosts MHFA trainings once a month that are open to any member of the DePaul community for FREE! If you are interested in closed training for your department/organization you can contact Health Promotion and Wellness’ graduate health intern at hpw@depaul.edu.

Yes, to attend the MHFA training there is mandatory, online pre-work that introduces participants to the principals of MHFA as well as the signs and symptoms of a few specific mental health conditions (Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, etc.)

All MHFA training sessions through DePaul University will be held virtually until further notice.

The maximum number of participants for open sessions is 20 and the maximum number of participants for closed sessions is 30.

Please reach out to HPW about your interest in a closed training session at least 1 month in advance to allow all participants of the training to be registered in the Mental Health First Aid system.

To become certified in MHFA you must be present for the entire training. If you have registered for a training but you have a scheduling conflict notify graduate health intern at hpw@depaul.edu as soon as you are made aware of the conflict to allow for your seat to be offered to another individual.