Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognized eight-hour training course that gives participants the tools to identify when a student might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and how to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary. Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support.

One in five Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect. For faculty, staff and peers, it can be hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not seek help until it is too late.

If you are interested in learning more about how to help distressed students and would like a MHFA training for your department or unit, please email Liz Jodoin, Director of Counseling Services, at ejodoin@uscupstate.edu. Please note that this course may be broken down into two (4 hour) sections if desired. Participants will obtain a certificate of completion.

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