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SAMHSA Mental Health First Aid

UHCL has been awarded a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) to provide a free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training to faculty, staff, students and the community. Mental Health First Aid is included on SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8- hour training to teach participants how to help adults who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps servicemembers, veterans, family members, faculty, staff, students, and the community understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Family members and personnel working with military and families are often not aware of how to engage veterans with mental illnesses and addictions. In addition to the impact of military service on the veteran, each has a circle of family and friends who are also impacted by their military service.

Additionally, Mental Health First Aid offers a tailored curriculum module that builds upon the effectiveness of the standard Mental Health First Aid curriculum by focusing on the unique experiences and needs of the veteran, service member and family population. You MUST attend the entire session to receive certification.

This MHFA training will help students, faculty, and staff learn:

  • How to identify signs and symptoms 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
  • Self-care help and available evidence-based professional and peer resources

Please Note- There will be various discussions throughout the duration of this training. Some of the topics discussed may include sensitive content.

Session Information:

The upcoming session will be in-person, blended. This session will consist of 2-2 ½ hours of self-paced pre-work, followed by a 5-hour, instructor- led zoom session. Registration for this training will close on: Monday, November 8, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

This session will be broken up into two parts:

  • Part 1: 2/2.5-hour Self-paced course work- This portion is a requirement to attend the instructor led portion. (Whether virtual or in-person).

    The pre-work for this session must be completed on, or no later than: Thursday November 11, 2021 at 5:00 PM
    You MUST complete pre-work before attending the instructor led session. 
  • Part 2: Friday, November 12. This session will be IN-PERSON, BLENDED. We will try our best to follow CDC COVID-19 guidelines.

    Time: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Cindy Cook, Ph.D. & Chris Baulch, B.S.


A minimum class size of eight (8) participants is required for this course. If fewer than eight (8) participants are registered, the class will be canceled.

Please only register to attend if you can be in attendance for the entire duration of the training.


Regarding registration: Chris Baulch, Graduate Research Assistant,

Regarding the SAMHSA Grant: Dr. Cindy Cook, UHCL Counseling Services, 281-283-2595 or

11/12/2021 8:30AM - 1:30 PM

  • FREE
  • Seats Available: 17 of 30
  • UHCL SSB 3310
  • Center for Educational Programs
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