Mental Health First Aid

Why be trained as a Mental Health First Aider

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Mental Health First Aid is a program that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. The program gives participants the skills and confidence to provide initial support to those who are experiencing a crisis in their community. WiROSE is supporting both Youth and Mental Health First Aid to better equip adults to help those in their community who may be experiencing a mental health crisis or substance use disorder. You can Learn more about Mental Health First Aid on the program website.

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Adult Mental Health First Aid

Adult Mental Health First Aid teaches adults how to recognize signs of a mental health or substance use challenge or crisis. The program teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary.

Who should be trained?

For Adult Mental Health First Aid:

  • Employers
  • Police officers
  • Hospital staff
  • First responders
  • Faith leaders
  • Community members
  • Caring individuals

Upcoming Sessions

UW Madison Division of Extension Educators across the state will be providing all Virtual Trainings in January – June at NO COST.

You will be required to complete a 2-hour, self-paced online class, and then participate in a 6.5 hour Instructor-led Zoom Meeting .

Space is limited to 25 participants.

You have a choice between attending a 1 day zoom meeting for 6.5 hours with some breaks or the zoom meeting split into 3 hours with limited breaks

To register for the 1 day Zoom training, please click on the date you would like to attend

To register for a 2 day Zoom training, please click on the dates you would like to attend

If trainings are full, please either check back or fill out an interest form and we will let you know when more trainings become scheduled.

Those who are in Dunn county and surrounding areas are welcome to sign up for Adult Mental Health First Aid Training through the Dunn County Partnership for Youth.  Upcoming classes are listed here:  https://dcpfy.org/mental-health-first-aid-class-information/ 

Adult Mental Health First Aid Training Request Form

The Division of Extension can offer a limited number of Adult Mental Health First Aid trainings at no cost to Wisconsin communities and organizations.

Please complete the AMHFA Inquiry Form questions as best you can.

Link to Inquiry Form: https://forms.gle/cSsCs6SiwDHotR4H7

Responses will automatically be submitted to Jen Park-Mroch, jennifer.parkmroch@wisc.edu. This process could take up to 6 weeks. Pick your training date 6 weeks out from the date of this inquiry. A minimum of 5 participants must be met or the training will be canceled.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.

Who should be trained?

For Youth Mental Health First Aid:

  • Teachers
  • School staff
  • Coaches
  • Camp counselors
  • Youth group leaders
  • Parents
  • People who work with youth

Upcoming Sessions

UW Madison Division of Extension Educators across the state will be providing all Virtual Trainings in January – June at NO COST.

You will be required to complete a 2-hour, self-paced online class, and then participate in a 5  hour (no lunch break) or 5.5 hours (with lunch break) Instructor-led Zoom Meeting .

Space is limited to 25 participants.

Please register for the date you prefer.  All classes start at 9 am and end at 3 pm.

If all trainings are full. Please either check back or fill out an interest form and we will let you know when more trainings become scheduled.

Wisconsin Schools are also encouraged to visit Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Schools Center for Youth Mental Health First Aid training opportunities.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Request Form

The Division of Extension can offer a limited number of YMHFA trainings at no cost to Wisconsin communities and organizations.  Wisconsin Schools are also encouraged to visit Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Schools Center for Youth Mental Health First Aid training opportunities.

Please complete the YMHFA Inquiry Form questions as best you can.

Link to Inquiry Form: https://forms.gle/fUETKZMveAf2E3CU6

Responses will automatically be submitted to Jen Park-Mroch, jennifer.parkmroch@wisc.edu. This process could take up to 6 weeks. Pick your training date 6 weeks out from the date of this inquiry. A minimum of 5 participants must be met or the training will be canceled.

Upcoming Sessions

UW Madison Division of Extension Educators across the state will be providing all Virtual Trainings in January-June at NO COST.

You will be required to complete a 2-hour, self-paced online class, and then participate in a partial day Instructor-led Zoom Meeting .

Space is limited to 25 participants.

If trainings are full, please either check back or fill out an interest form and we will let you know when more trainings become scheduled.

For Adult Mental Health First Aid

You have a choice between attending a 1 day zoom meeting for 6.5 hours with some breaks or the zoom meeting split into 3 hours with limited breaks

To register for the 1 day Zoom training, please click on the date you would like to attend

To register for a 2 day Zoom training, please click on the dates you would like to attend

For Youth Mental Health First Aid

Please register for the date you prefer.  All classes start at 9 am and end at 3 pm.

Request a Mental Health First Aid Training

Do you want to host a training?  Please fill out our Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training Request Form

Adult MHFA Training Request Form

Youth MHFA Training Request Form

Wisconsin Schools are also encouraged to visit Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Schools Center for Youth Mental Health First Aid training opportunities.