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Mental Health First Aid at UToledo


What is Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)?

Similar to First Aid and CPR, ‘Mental Health First Aid’ teaches an individual how to help those experiencing mental health challenges or crises. Mental Health First Aid gives participants the knowledge to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This eight-hour training helps develop the skills needed to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

Why Mental Health First Aid?

Research shows that nearly 1 in 5 university students is affected with anxiety or depression. – The Conversation via the American College Health Association

In spring 2017, nearly 40% of college students said they felt so depressed the prior year that is was difficult for them TO FUNCTION. – Time via American College Health Association

Young adults between the ages of 18 – 25 are at the highest risk for OPIOID USE PROBLEMS. – NBC News

Who should take mental health first aid training?

Students (at least 18 years of age), faculty, staff, resident advisors, campus law enforcement, academic advisors, counselors, financial aid employees, coaches and athletic personnel, administrators, librarians and community members are all encouraged to take MHFA.

How much does mental health first aid training cost?

The University of Toledo was awarded a three-year grant from SAMHSA to provide MHFA training at the university and to members of the community.  There is no cost to attend a Mental Health First Aid training. Participants must register in order to take the course and receive the 3-year certification.

How do I register for mental health first aid training at utoledo?

Register online for a training this semester. 

Register now

Last Updated: 10/23/23