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Mental Health
First Aid Training for Higher Education
Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders.

About the Training

The University of Maryland is excited to offer Mental Health First Aid to our campus community. In Fall 2020, we were able to offer 10 courses, certifying over 150 members of our community. 

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in adults. This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. Courses will be offered in a virtual format in Fall 2020. This will consist of a 2-hour self-paced introductory module, followed by the Skill Development segments of the training, taught synchronously via Zoom. 

You must attend the entire training and complete an exam to be certified.

Seats are limited, so please register ASAP. If the courses fill, we will add new dates. If the course does not have at least 5 participants registered one week prior, we will cancel the course. Either way, you will receive an email one week prior to your scheduled training.

Please remember, if you register to participate, you are committing to attend the FULL 8 hours. Participants will receive a certificate marking their certification in Mental Health First Aid. This certification is active for 3 years and can be a great addition to your resume.

For more information, see mentalhealthfirstaid.org.

Upcoming Trainings & Registration

Training Dates

Please Note: We are allowing additional people to sign up as alternates, because we have had a number of cancellations in our earlier courses this semester.
If a course appears here as full, you are still welcome to register and we will reach out if there is a seat. 



  • Check back for Summer 2021 dates

Graduate Students (The following courses are generously sponsored by a new mental health endowment given to Student Affairs for this purpose!) 

  • Thursday, March 25, 2021 10am-4pm
  • Friday, June 4, 2021 10am-4pm


Undergraduate Students

(The following courses are generously sponsored by the Student Government Association at no cost to the participant.) ​

  • Friday, March 26, 2021 1pm - 7pm (full) 
  • Saturday, April 17, 2021 1pm - 7pm
  • Saturday, April 24, 2021 10am - 4pm
  • Friday, May 7, 2021 11am - 5pm


Register Here: https://forms.gle/pC8RJywaApAY2kBa8


Self-Paced Introductory Modules

In order to complete the self-paced portion of the training, you MUST register a minimum of one week prior to the training date. It may take up to 3 days from registration to gain access to the modules. If you do not complete BOTH before the live class, you cannot attend. 


We are offering the course for $28.95 per person, which covers the seat in the self-paced introductory course and an electronic manual, processing guide, and resource guides, as well as certification through the National Council for Behavioral Health. Departments and organizations can pay through KFS fund transfer or via credit card through our online portal. Paper manuals are available to certified First Aiders for purchase for $15 and can be sent to the participant via campus mail. 

Sometimes training sessions may be subsidized by various groups, so individuals may see lower costs for specific training sessions. 

Return to this page for additional training dates for which you can register. Or if you represent a department or group on campus who can provide at least 5 participants and would like to schedule a separate training just for your group, please share your interest with us using this form: https://forms.gle/fNbun9U6xDaMenXt9

Register for a Mental Health First Aid course here!

Contact Mental Health First Aid Coordinator, Leslie Krafft (lkrafft@umd.edu) for assistance with logistical details.




The University of Maryland, College Park has certified instructors across campus. Two smiling instructors with stuffed koala toy, the Mental Health First Aid mascot.One of the following instructors will facilitate your training:

  • Lorae Bonamy, Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Nadine Dangerfield, BSOS – Anthropology
  • Blessing Enekwe, Graduate School – Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Jennifer Enriquez, Stamp Student Union – Graduate Student Life
  • Meredith Gramlich, EDUC – Center for Transition and Career Innovation
  • Leslie Krafft, Resident Life
  • Olivia Mays, Health Center
  • Sue Sherburne, Athletics

For more information, please contact lkrafft@umd.edu.