Become a Mental Health First Aid Instructor

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Division of Student Affairs understands the importance of a multi-pronged approach to address the mental health concerns of everyone in our community, and it takes more than clinicians.  In an effort to make our campus more supportive and all of us better informed, we are expanding Mental Health First Aid.  We are looking for a diverse group of staff and faculty from across campus to provide Mental Health First Aid training to students, faculty, and staff on an ongoing basis. 

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour certification course that teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training teaches the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

If you enjoy presenting and have passion/experience with mental health, talk with your supervisor about joining our team of instructors. Instructor training is a full, continuous 40-hour workweek commitment.

We will cover the $1,550 cost and, in return, the university will expect you to provide a minimum of 3 trainings (24 hours total) on campus each year. Our first instructor training is coming up on January 13-17, 2020. The next opportunity will be during Spring Break.

For more information on Mental Health First Aid, please email Leslie Krafft at

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