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2022 Mental Health First Aid Training Dates

  • All of our Fall courses are currently full. Please check back later for our 2023 course schedule.
  • There will be no course offerings in November and December 2022. Our instructor team will be spending time getting ready to come back better than ever starting in 2023. Make sure to check out MSU Extension's other health-related programming at: Email Carly Sandoval ( for questions. 

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. 

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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. In 2021, 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. 

  • 1 out of 13 (7.5%) adult Michiganders had a substance use disorder in 2019
  • 1 out of 17 (5.8%) adult Michiganders needed treatment for alcohol use but did not receive it in 2019
  • 1 out of 5 (20.3%) adult Michiganders experienced a mental illness in 2019
  • 1 out of 22 (4.6%) adult Michiganders had serious thoughts of suicide in 2019

Data are from the 2018-2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. This is the most recent state-specific data available as of January 2022.