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Counseling Center
University of Mississippi

Mental Health First Aid

Chancellor Glenn Boyce and other senior leadership of the University of Mississippi participate in Mental Health First Aid-Adult (MHFA) hosted by the Counseling Center’s Katie Harrison. Photo by Srijita Chattopadhyay/ Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Mental Health First Aid-Adult (MHFA) is an international, evidence-based training that teaches you ways to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The course provides ways to identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

The University of Mississippi has trained MHFA instructors that can provide the MHFA training throughout our campus community. MHFA focuses on recognizing the patterns of thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and appearances that indicate the possibility of a mental health challenge. Participants are taught an action plan that they apply to both non-crisis and crisis situations.

Our campus’s MHFA trainings are primarily held as a blended model. Blended Mental Health First Aid courses require approximately 2 hours of self-paced pre-work and 5.5 hours worth of Instructor-led Training (ILT) session material. We schedule a total of 8 hours for ILTs to allow time for breaks and campus-specific discussions. They are divided into two 4-hour days. Course capacity requires a minimum of 7 learners and maximum of 30 learners.

MHFA trainings are valued at $170.  The Chancellor’s GROVE Well-Being Initiative is currently covering costs for UM community members for open trainings!

If you are interested in receiving the MHFA training through the GROVE Well-Being Initiative- please complete one of the registration forms linked below.

MHFA training courses for Summer 2024 are now open for registration.

The following dates and times are available:

Instructor-led trainings are scheduled for 8 hours total — but are split into two 4-hour days.

Registration will close ONE WEEK before the start of the ILT to allow adequate time for learners to complete pre-work.

Thurs. July 18th & Fri. July 19th from 8:30am – 12:30pm

Mon. July 22nd & Wed. July 24th from 12:30pm – 4:30pm

Tues. July 30th & Thurs. August 1st from 1:00pm – 5:00pm


We will add additional summer sessions based on expressed interest. If you do not see a training date that works with your schedule, please email your availability to to be added to our waitlist.

Closed training requests for groups of 10-30 individuals can be made by emailing Please allow 3 weeks minimum notice and include preferred dates.