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Hokie Health: Mental Health First Aid course

Mental health is health. And we believe that when it comes to mental health, at Virginia Tech we are Better Together.

From: Hokie Wellness

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Some of the topics covered include depression, anxiety disorder, and substance use disorders.

Mental Health First Aid will be offered Wednesday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and is open to all employees. Each seat is paid for by the university and consists of pre-training, participant manuals and processing guides, and a three-year certification. Mental Health First Aid training sessions have limited seats and this opportunity is in high demand. This is the expectation should you sign up to take the course:

  • Complete the pre-work at least two days prior to the instructor-led session (takes up to two hours).
  • Attend the entirety of the instructor-led online session with your camera turned on (with the exception of technical restrictions).
  • This will be a virtual program.

Please keep in mind that if you are unable to commit to the requirements above and still register, a seat is taken away from someone who could have participated and utilized this resource. Replacing participants is not possible as we near the training date.

Registration is required. Visit the Mental Health First Aid web page to learn more about the program. Hokie Wellness can also teach the Mental Health First Aid program to specific groups, if interested. Questions may be directed to Hokie Wellness at hokiewellness@vt.edu.

Visit the Employee Wellness at Home site for more information on virtual workshops, connection sessions, and other wellness resources offered. Learn more about how we can be Better Together at Virginia Tech.

Hokie Wellness serves Virginia Tech to foster a healthier community by providing prevention services, education, outreach, and resources to employees and students. If you have questions, need help, or would like to join the Hokie Wellness Google Group to stay up to date with monthly updates, contact the team at hokiewellness@vt.edu.