Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is the initial help offered to a person developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate treatment and support are received or until the crisis resolves.

During this 8-hour training (split into 2, 4-hour sessions), participants will learn:

  • Risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use problems
  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and substance use
  • A 5-step action plan to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or is in crisis
  • Available evidence-based professional, peer, and self-help resources

By recognizing signs of mental health distress and knowing how to communicate with individuals experiencing these scary moments, we can be part of an immensely impactful early intervention effort. If we identify problems early, we increase the chances people get the help they need as soon as possible.

Please visit the MHFA website for more information about the program.

UR MHFA Instructors

UR has 3 fully-trained MHFA instructors here on campus: Slade Gormus (RN, Health Promotion and Peer Education), Rachel Koch (CAPS Staff Psychologist), and Devan Martinez (Manager, Fitness and Facilities) – all full-time staff members under UR Well. We look forward to bringing more awareness of mental health struggles to UR as well as reducing stigma and increasing confidence throughout our campus community to address mental health struggles in those around you.

Interested in First Aiders coming to your program?

If you have an event approaching that could be triggering or emotionally stressful for students, First Aiders are trained to manage individuals in distress and make appropriate referrals, as necessary, and would be the perfect supportive resource to provide at these events. We would be happy to field any requests for a Mental Health First Aider presence at your events and you may send these requests to All First Aiders will be registered and certified through us so we will be able to quickly send out requests and staff your events (pending availability and given adequate notice at least 3 days prior).

Request For A Mental Health First Aid Training

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