Published on April 24th, 2017 | by University Communications


Mental health first aid courses

The Human Services Department is offering students, faculty, and staff a free opportunity to learn more about mental health first aid and how it can be beneficial.

Taught by two certified instructors, these mental health first aid courses focus on recovery and resiliency, the belief that individuals experiencing mental health challenges can and do get better, and that they can use their strengths to stay well.

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, mental health first aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental-health-related crisis—even if you have no clinical training. In these mental health first aid courses, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

The courses will teach you how to apply the mental health first aid five-step action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing panic attacks, suicidal behaviors, acute psychosis, or reaction to trauma. The opportunity to practice through role play, scenarios, and activities makes it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation. 

The courses will be held at University Campus. The mental health first aid for youth class is scheduled for Monday, June 5, in Kirk Hall. The mental health first aid for adults class is scheduled for Monday, July 17, in Student Community Center Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardroom C. Both sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A minimum of 15 registered participants is necessary for the class to be held.

RSVP at the following links.


For more information, email or call (352) 383-2099.

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