Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues created by the National Council on Mental Well-being. This training will teach participants to identify, understand, and respond to a wide range of psychological distress, including: 

  • Suicidal ideation
  • Non-suicidal self harm
  • Panic attacks
  • Acute psychosis
  • Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use
  • And more

DU staff, faculty, and students can receive this training entirely free of charge. The 8-hour training is offered in-person and class sizes are are restricted (max participants: 30) to ensure 1:1 attention and participants will put their learning into practice through simulations throughout the training.

Over 40 peer-reviewed articles have found this training to:

  • Increase mental health literacy
  • Increase self-confidence and efficacy to help an individual in distress
  • Decrease stigma against and increase empathy for those with mental illness
  • To be effective across many demographics

How to Sign Up: 

Email Austin Gane (, Coordinator for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Education, to express interest or for more information on upcoming training sessions.

Note: Participants must be available and attend all of the 8-hour course to receive certification.

2024 Open Trainings:

  • Tuesday, May 14th 
  • Monday, June 24th 
  • Thursday, July 18th 

Stay tuned for more summer dates!