How To Help: Tips from Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an international skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental illness and substance-misuse and how to help or support someone experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge or crisis. The goal is to make Mental Health First Aid as common as CPR, reducing stigma while emphasizing hope and recovery.

In this one-hour introductory workshop, participants will learn basic MHFA fundamentals for supporting someone experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. MHFA helps participants to identify, understand and respond to signs of substance misuse and mental health challenges, and to encourage appropriate professional help.

This workshop is available to Yale faculty, postdoctoral associates, and employees, and is presented by Danielle Casioppo, MS, Education Specialist and Coordinator with Being Well at Yale and certified MHFA instructor.

Information about the full 8-hour MHFA certification course will also be provided.

To schedule a How to Help workshop or inquire about the full MHFA certification training, please contact or call 203-436-8270.

What Yale participants are saying about How to Help - Tips from MHFA:

  • “Thank you so much. This program is so important and I almost wish everyone was actually required to take it. We could all use these skills to support each other.”
  • “I have a MHFA certification; I attended the class as a refresher and was glad I did - the information was presented very well!”
  • “So many resources and information I hadn’t known before, this was super helpful!”