Mental Health First Aid

Mental illnesses and substance use challenges often present during adolescence and young adulthood, when many individuals are students at colleges and universities. Mental Health First Aid is a ground-breaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. College and university faculty and staff can learn how to help each other within a framework of their unique culture and set of resources.

This is an 8 hour training often split into two half day sessions, and is offered periodically throughout the year. Taught by Deanna Nobleza, Director of the Student Personal Counseling Center,  and Rose Milani, Project Coordinator for JeffHELP, Mental Health First Aiders will learn a 5‐step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help students in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.


  • How to help persons developing a mental illness or in a crisis
  • Recognize signs of addictions and mental illnesses
  • Learn a 5-step action plan to assess a situation and help
  • Realize the impact of mental and substance use disorders
  • Develop awareness of local resources and where to turn for help

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Online Adolescent Suicide Risk Assessment Training

This is a free online course available from the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.  It discusses the roles clinicians have in the prevention of suicide and provides the needed skills to perform suicide risk assessments. Take the pre-test/post-test videotaped vignettes of sick visits of youth and assess your knowledge.  Free CEUs are awarded.  Please refer to the brochure for more information.

To access the training:

  1. Go to:
  2. Log-in to the site
  3. Search for “Adolescent Suicide Risk Assessment” under “Mental Health”