Mental Health First Aid training

Identify. Understand. Respond.

Mental Health First Aid is an international skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental illness and substance-misuse and how to help or support someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.  The goal is to make Mental Health First Aid as common as CPR, reducing stigma while emphasizing hope and recovery.
This course is open to Yale faculty, students and staff. It is a structured curriculum with a total of eight training hours.  It begins with a required two-hour online interactive video. Participants must  complete the asynchronous video training and quiz prior to the instructor-led training.
The instructor-led training is offered in a 6 hour session (plus 30 minute lunch and two breaks) either virtually via Zoom or in-person. The instructor-led part of the course is very interactive whether on Zoom or in-person.
Each course is open to a minimum of 10 and maximum of 15-20 participants. The participant experience of MHFA on Zoom is just as dynamic, engaged, and informative as an in-person training but without the need to travel, reserve space, provide food for lunch, or purchase hard-copy manuals.
Still, some faculty or staff may prefer an in-person training. A blended course still has the above requirements regarding the mandatory pre-course work and scheduling time (one 6 hour session, plus 30 minutes for lunch) but a physical space with full tech and room enough for 20+ participants, plus providing lunch, is required. The department or group requesting the blended training must make all of these reservations and provide the space.
The cost is currently $23.95 per participant which covers the digital manual and certificate of completion. For blended in-person training, the cost is $43.95 to cover the printed manual. If the course is done through Being Well at Yale (with Danielle) there is no additional instructor fee. Departments or Yale groups may request a scholarship from Being Well at Yale to cover the cost. 
Please plan at least two months in advance to allow ample time for scheduling, planning, roster submission and participant pre-course work completion.
For more information or to inquire about scheduling, please contact certified Mental Health First Aid instructor, Danielle Casioppo, at

What Yale participants are saying about virtual Mental Health First Aid:

  • “I am now more confident in talking to those in distress and also realized the importance of self-care.”
  • “The training was very interesting and useful, especially for someone like myself with absolutely no other relevant background. I’m very happy I attended and it was time well spent.”
  • “I’m so glad to be a Mental Health First Aider and hope I can help others in the future.”
  • “I was able to use my MHFA knowledge to help a friend in crisis and get him into a rehabilitation program.”