Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) - University of Houston
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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

UH Wellness is proud to offer Mental Health First Aid training to all interested students, faculty and staff. Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan, ALGEE. Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. First Aiders do not take on the role of professionals — they do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions, like “what do I do?” and “where can someone find help?”

Training is free to all UH faculty, staff, and students. 

Upcoming Courses:

Fall 2021

   09/23/2021   Faculty and Staff Virtual Only Training-


  10/21/2021    Student Only Hybrid (Virtual and In-Person) Training- 

                          Registration: Eventbrite

Spring 2022

   03/15/2021    Faculty and Staff Only Hybrid (Virtual and In-Person) Training-

                            Registration: Coming Soon

   04/12/2021     Student Only Virtual Training-

                             Registration: Coming Soon

Individuals who will be attending the training will be

  • Required to complete a 2-hour, self-paced, online portion (accessible through the MHFA Learning Management System) prior to the virtual meeting.
  • MHFA Skills Application (6 hours): The second portion of the course is taught virtually via Zoom by a certified MHFA Instructor from the Community Outreach Team
  • The maximum number of participants is 20 and the minimum is 5

Once you are registered for the course, you will receive an email from the MHFA Learning Management System that will instruct you to create an account with the system and access the self-paced course. You will also receive reminders via email to complete the course before the date of the instructor-led portion.

Are you interested in hosting an outside Mental Health First Aid Training specifically for your UH department, office, or organization? Contact Reuben Parrish for details!