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.

Available Trainings

Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education

This training is for higher ed faculty and staff.

  • June 4 & 6
  • July 8 & 10
  • August 5 & 7
  • September 6 

Register for a training

Mental Health First Aid for Youth

This training is 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.

This MHFA training will teach:

  • 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. - Thurs., 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.

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