MHFA Higher Education


College and university students have unique stress and risk factors related to the demands of school - balancing academic, social, and employment responsibilities while being independent and away from family, friends, and other supports - often for the first time. Today, 40% of young adults ages 18-24 are enrolled in a two or four year educational institution. Statistics show that 75% of mental illness develop before age 25, making colleges ideal locations for early identification. However, the number one reason students say they do not use mental health resources is lack of knowledge that those resources even exist. 

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a live training program-like regular First Aid or CPR- that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. This 8-hour certificate training course will teach participants how to recognize the symptoms of mental health problems, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide the individual to professional help, if appropriate. This course is designed to demystify the whole topic of mental illness by increasing mental health literacy and to decrease the stigma that is attached to it. By detecting the problems early, you can ensure that the person is properly treated and supported.


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for Higher Education is designed with colleges' and universities' unique culture and resources in mind. Training Students, faculty and others in higher education settings how to recognize the symptoms of emerging mental illnesses or to assist young adults in a mental health crisis can help lessen the severity and impact of mental illnesses.


Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education is ideal for anyone who regualrly interacts with students, both on and off campus, including:



Resident Advisors

Campus Security

Academic Advisors


Financial Aid Employees

Coaches & Athletic Personnel


Event Staff

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