Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course | Division of Mental Health and Substance Use | Kent State University

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course

The primary objective of Project AWARE Kent is to teach MHFA courses to students, faculty, and staff. Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, MHFA is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves. MHFA is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool which improves knowledge of mental health and substance use problems and connects people with care for their mental health or substance use problems. Those who enroll in MHFA courses will learn a five-part action plan to help others cope with mental health problems.

The MHFA course is free to all students, faculty, and staff. Courses are delivered in two, four-hour interactive instructive periods. During each instructive period, participants can expect to engage in educational and engaging activities to learn about mental health problems. The course provides a sensitive atmosphere, where participants can feel comfortable to discuss personal and hypothetical situations related to mental health. A mental health textbook that is referenced throughout the instructive period is provided for all participants to keep and take home. Those who complete the course will earn a three-year certification in Mental Health First Aid. In addition, students who complete the course will earn 600 FLASHPerks and faculty and staff will earn two hours of Beyond Compliance.

Beginning in Fall 2018, Youth Mental Health First Aid is being offered. This class is designed for individuals who work with adolescents ages 12-18. 

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