Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training to teach participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

MHFA training

This training is fully funded by a federal grant from SAMHSA and is offered free of charge.

For Higher Education

2019 Mental Health First Aid training opportunities for UHCL faculty and staff:

  • September 6
  • October 8 & 10
  • November 1 & 8
  • December 13

Register For Training

For Youth

Mental Health First Aid training opportunities for school personnel and community members:

Organization, church or school district dates are scheduled through Dr. Cheryl Sawyer.


Once your organization is scheduled, please have participants register online.

Mental Health First Aid training will discuss:

  • 5 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 in crisis
  • Available evidence-based professional, peer and self-help resources

Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).


For more info about registration:

Brianna Caldwell, MHAT Graduate Assistant

For more info about the training:

Dr. Cindy Cook, UHCL Counseling Services

  • Counseling Services

    Phone: 281-283-2580
    Fax: 281-283-2602

    SSCB 3103
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 331
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Regular office hours:
    Mon-Tue, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Wed-Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.

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