Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is offered on the University of Dubuque campus as part of professional development opportunity for students, faculty, and staff members. The training covers a 6.5 hour curriculum and has a virtual delivery option: 

Part 1 of the training consists of 2.5 hours of online curriculum, which is self-paced. Part 2 of the training consists of 4 hours within a live virtual class. Both Part 1 and Part 2 are required for completion of the training.

What is Mental Health First Aid? 

Mental Health First Aid is the initial help given to a person showing signs or symptoms of mental illness or in a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aid is provided until appropriate professional help or other support can be engaged. 

What will you learn?

  • How to support an individual experiencing or developing a mental health concern.
  • How to support an individual in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
  • The potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, suicide, anxiety disorders, disorders in which psychosis may occur, and substance use disorders.
  • A 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect to appropriate professional care.
  • Resources available to help someone with a mental health concern.

* Note, at the end of the training, each participant will be required to engage in a quiz formulated by the National Council for Behavioral Health-Mental Health First Aid. If successfully completing the quiz, the participant will be provided a three year certificate in MHFA.

Please contact Dr. Amy Baus at or 563.589.3512 to register for the MHFA Training.