Mental Health First Aid Course Being Offered to Kent State Students, Faculty and Staff

Project AWARE Kent is an initiative to raise awareness about mental health and substance abuse disorders. Project AWARE Kent will be offering mental health first-aid courses to Kent State University students, faculty and staff in an effort to create a network of people at the university who will know how to respond and are aware of mental health and substance abuse disorders. The course is an evidence-based training that teaches people to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. The two-day (four hours each day) course is free. Students earn 1,500 FLASHperks, and faculty and staff earn two hours of Beyond Compliance for completing the course.

What will I learn?

  • Risk factors and signs of addictions and mental illness.

  • Information about and impact of mental and substance use disorders.
  • Five-step action plan to assess a situation and help.

  • Local resources and where to turn for help.

Why become a mental health first aider?

  • Be prepared - when a mental health crisis happens
  • You can help - people with mental illnesses often suffer alone
  • You care - be there for a friend, family member or colleague
  • Mental illnesses are common - one in five adults in any given year
  • For students: Be a leader in your student organization!

To register for the course, visit

For more information, call 330-672-0081 or email