Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidence-based training created by the National Council for Behavioral Health designed to provide participants with the skills to identify, destigmatize, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorder, enabling those trained to offer immediate, concrete support.
MHFA has shown to be effective internationally. Peer-reviewed studies show that individuals trained in the program:
- Grow their knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illnesses and addictions.
- Can 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.
- A list of all Mental Health First Aid studies and academic reviews from around the world is available here.
Program InformationLearn about the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training.
- Virtual MHFA is a 7 hour, 2 half day training.
- In-person MHFA is 7.5 hour, 1 day training.
The below Northwestern staff are certified Mental Health First Aid Instructors and are qualified to host MHFA trainings. There are two instructors present at each training.
- Lauren-Ashley Buchanan, Associate Director, Student Life, Graduate School Administration
- Eric Budzynski, Associate Director, Religious & Spiritual Life & Chapel Music
- Evelyn Cordero, Well-being Specialist, Human Resources, Well-being, Engagement, Learning & Leadership
- Lesley Lundeen, Well-being Manager, Human Resources, Well-being, Engagement, Learning & Leadership
- Angela Mitchell, Director, Health Promotion & Wellness
- You are required to complete 2 hours of self-paced online pre-work before attending a training.
- In order to access the pre-work, you must first register for a training. See Registration section below.
- This program is funded by HR, WELL (Well-being, Engagement, Learning & Leadership).
- For fidelity purposes, the maximum capacity per training is 20.
- Participants are required to complete the pre-work before the first day of the training.
- Participants will attend the virtual and/or in-person training in its entirety and actively participate.
- For virtual trainings, if accessible, participants will have their camera turned on for majority of the training.
- If special accommodations are needed, contact Well-being.
- Upon successfully completing the pre-work, attending the training and completing a post-test and evaluation, you will have access to your Mental Health First Aid certificate.
- Certification must be renewed every 3 years.
Mental Health First Aid is offered to faculty and staff.
|Wednesday, May 25||9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.||Evanston||Rebecca Crown Center||Register|
|Tuesday, June 14||9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.||Chicago||Lurie Research Building||Register|
- Additional 2022 dates will be added to the schedule throughout the year.
- Trainings will not be held in August 2022.
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