2023 Mental Health First Aid Training Dates
All community trainings are delivered online via Zoom unless otherwise stated. See our FAQs page for more details.
- All one-day courses run from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET unless otherwise stated.
- All two-day courses run from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET both training days for AM courses and 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET both training days for PM courses unless otherwise stated.
Community Training Dates
Courses may fill up quickly, register early to secure the date of your choice. Registration closes 2 Fridays before the course date.
- Thursday, June 15
- Wednesday, June 21
- Thursday, June 29
- Thursday, July 13
New Course Dates- Registration Opening Soon
- Wednesday, July 19
- Wednesday, July 26 AND Thursday, July 27 (8 AM ET start both days)
- Wednesday, August 2
- Tuesday, August 8 AND Wednesday, August 9 (8 AM ET start both days)
- Wednesday, August 23
- Wednesday, August 30 AND Thursday, August 31 (AM)
- Tuesday, September 12
- Wednesday, September 20 AND Thursday, September 21 (AM)
Make sure to check out MSU Extension's other health-related programming at: https://www.canr.msu.edu/food_health/.
We are taking limited requests for closed-group training sessions in 2023 (online or in-person). Please email Carly Sandoval at firstname.lastname@example.org for availability and pricing.
Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training that teaches people how to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of a mental health or substance use challenge in adults ages 18 and over. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it builds mental health literacy, providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental health or substance use challenge.
Mental Health First Aid uses real world examples in a safe and supportive learning environment to prepare participants to use the ALGEE action plan. The ALGEE action plan can be used to safely assist adult family members, neighbors, coworkers, community members, or strangers that may be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. Some of the mental health challenges covered are panic attacks, extreme sadness, aggressive behaviors, hallucinations, overdoses, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Mental Health First Aid at Michigan State University Extension
Mental Health First Aiders trained through Michigan State University Extension gain a lot of knowledge and the confidence to use this knowledge. How do we know? Because our participants have told us! Check out the testimonials tab for quotes from our Mental Health First Aiders. We also collect some group data through pre- and post-tests on the Connect learning system. This is what we found...
- Most participants consider themselves to have low to moderate knowledge on the signs and symptoms of a mental health or substance use challenge before MHFA training. After MHFA training, most participants consider themselves very knowledgeable about recognizing signs and symptoms.
- Participants are more confident in their ability to ask a person directly about suicide after MHFA training.
- Participants are more likely to have a supportive conversation with an adult experiencing signs and symptoms of a mental health or substance use challenge or crisis, and are more confident in their ability to be supportive in that conversation after MHFA training.
- Participants more strongly believe that they should express concerns to and assist coworkers that they think might be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge after MHFA training.
- Participants feel it is less difficult to refer someone to mental health or substance use professionals, as well as self-help strategies like crisis hotlines and support groups, after MHFA training.
- Before MHFA training, most participants are not confident in their ability to respond to a substance use crisis, but after MHFA training most participants feel very confident in their ability to respond effectively.
Mental Health in Adult Michiganders
At Michigan State University Extension, we recognize mental health as an important health concern, both nationally and locally. We hope to empower the Michigan community to talk about mental health, learn about the mental health resources available to them, and recognize when someone within their community could use some help.
Unfortunately, some mental health challenges are increasing among adult Michiganders. The below table and corresponding list demonstrate some of the key mental health challenges Michiganders are facing. Additionally, the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and existing social and cultural disparities have disproportionately affected mental health and access to mental health services for peoples of certain occupation, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, geographic location, lived experience, and age. This means that certain groups of people in Michigan and nationally are experiencing higher or lower rates than what is reported on this page.
The good news is that while the support available may be different from individual to individual based on personal characteristics, there are many kinds of resources. These resources can be formal or informal and help to meet the various needs of individuals living with or supporting someone with mental illness. You can learn more about resources and other initiatives from Michigan State University Extension in the Resources tab, located at the top of this page.
Key Measures of Mental Health in Adult Michiganders from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
|Experienced any mental illness not including substance use disorders in the past year||19.1%||20.3%||22.3%|
|Experienced a substance use disorder in the past year||7.5%||7.5%||16.7%|
|Engaged in binge alcohol use in a given month||28.2%||28.5%||25.2%|
|Engaged in pain reliever misuse in the past year||4.0%||3.9%||3.4%|
|Experienced serious thoughts of suicide in the past year||4.1%||4.6%||4.8%|
- Experienced any mental illness not including substance disorders in the past year
- More than 1 in 5 (22.3%) adult Michiganders experienced mental illness in 2020. This number has been increasing compared to previous years. Michigan has a higher percentage than the national average (20.8%).
- Experienced a substance use disorder in the past year
- 1 out of 6 (16.7%) adult Michiganders had a substance use disorder in 2020. This percentage increased, more than doubling, since 2019. Michigan has a higher percentage than the national average (15.4%).
- Engaged in binge alcohol use in a given month
- 1 out of 4 (25.2%) adult Michiganders engaged in binge alcohol use in a given month in 2020. Binge alcohol use is defined as have 5 or more drinks for males or 4 or more drinks for females within a couple of hours. This number has decreased slightly compared to previous years. Michigan has a higher percentage than the national average (24.9%).
- Engaged in pain reliever misuse in the past year
- About 1 in 30 (3.4%) adult Michiganders misused pain relievers in 2020. Misuse is defined as taking medication not prescribed to oneself, taking it longer than prescribed, taking a larger dose than prescribed, or taking it more often than prescribed. This number has decreased slightly compared to previous years. Michigan has a lower percentage than the national average (3.6%).
- Experienced serious thoughts of suicide in the past year
- 1 out of 21 (4.8%) adult Michiganders had serious thoughts of suicide in 2020. This number has increased slightly compared to previous years. Michigan has the same percentage compared to the national average (4.8%).
Data are from the 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and 2019-2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. This is the most recent state-specific data available as of December 2022.