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?”

Upcoming Courses

Training is free to all UH faculty, staff and students (students employed at UH).  

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

In order to participate in both parts of the virtual course, attendees will need:

  • connection to the internet
  • computer/laptop with a microphone and video setup to participate in group discussion and breakout sessions

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.

Fall 2020 Date:

November 10, 2020 Virtual instructor led 8:30am-2:30pm

Register Here! Deadline to Register is Septemer 25, 2020

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!