Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues.

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We can all think of someone who has been faced with mental health or substance use challenges. Someone we love, work with, go to school with or all the above. It can be daunting to reach out when you don’t know how to best support them. But don’t you wish you had tools to help?


Millions of people are affected by mental health challenges each year in the United States. Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health by improving your understanding and providing you with an action plan. Learn to safely identify and address potential mental health or substance use challenges along with the three million Americans who have already become Mental Health First Aiders through this internationally recognized, evidence-based training program.


As friends, coworkers, neighbors or family, we all want to support the people in our lives and make our community as resilient as possible. This is how we start. You never know who your training could help.

To increase our community’s understanding of mental health challenges and reduce barriers to seeking help, UWM has developed a partnership with Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare to expand access to MHFA training.

Support Mental health first aid

Your donation can help us continue providing our community with free MHFA training. Every dollar counts, and your support can make a real difference in the lives of those struggling with mental health challenges.


MHFA classes are available to focus on adults or youths (ages 6-18), and the average class size is 30 people. Classes are available in an 8-hour, in-person setting or via a blended format with a 2-hour online course plus a 4.5-5.5-hour, instructor-led portion that can be in person or via video conference. You can join a scheduled class or set up a specialized class for groups of 15 or more.


Mental Health First Aid Training is available for your business or organization

Chances are, someone within your organization will face a mental health challenge, as millions of people in the United States are affected by mental illness each year. Are you prepared to help them navigate it?

Because of the stigma surrounding these challenges, many people don’t speak up or seek help. That’s why it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of potential mental health or substance use challenges and have an action plan for when you notice them. Mental Health First Aid training can help.

Make your organization the healthiest and most resilient it can be by ensuring you and your team members have the tools to take care of one another. Start the conversation about mental health in your organization through this internationally recognized, evidence-based program and join the three million Americans who have already completed the training.