Mental Health First Aid

WHAT IS Mental health first aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an eight-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 usres role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to recognize and respond to the warning signs and symptoms of a mental illness or emotional crisis.

The course is tailored specifically for Univerisity 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 campus community members.
  • A review of the mental health resources on campus and community partners.

Why Mental Health first aid?

Mental Health First Aid helps people understand that mental illnesses and substance use disorder are real, common, and treatable, and that it is okay to seek help. Research indicates 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 registry of evidence-based programs and practices.

How do i register for a mhfa training?

UK Counseling Center in collaboration with Campus Recreation & Wellness offers several trainings for students, faculty, and staff throughout the semester. 

For more information about the next offered course please click here

In addition, if departments have twelve or more individuals interested in being trained we will gladly work with your schedule to accomodate additional training requests.  To request a MHFA Training for your department please contact Ashley Hinton-Moncer at ashley.hinton@uky.edu

Please note:  Participants must attend the full eight-hour training to receive the certification.

HOW DOes MHFA differ from Question, persuade, refer (QPR)?

UK Counseling Center offers on going QPR classes intended to teach participants three steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.  QPR is a free, 60-90 minute suicide prevention training that teaches participants how to recognize a suicide crisis and how to get help.  For more information about QPR click here.

WHY BOTH? Mental Health First Aid is a great starting point due to the comprehensive approach covering the basics of a broad spectrum of situation you might encounter, while trainings like QPR, Working Minds, and Safe2Tell can give you more specific resources for suicide prevention.