Events login

Main Events Calendar

Warning Icon This event is in the past.
May 17, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Category: Training
Location: Education, College of #300 | Map
5425 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: 0
Audience: Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students

You may have seen that Wayne State was awarded a 3-year Suicide Awareness and Prevention grant with various departments partnering on this –  Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), College of Nursing, Campus Health Center, and the School of Social Work. Other key roles include staff and faculty from Wayne State’s Department of Psychology, Dean of Students Office and the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement.

 “WSU plans is to create environment in which mental health issues are not stigmatized, seeking help is encouraged and seen as a strength, and members of the campus community step in to prevent harm to each other,” said Jeffrey Kuentzel, Ph.D., director of CAPS.

As part of this grant, Shantalea Johns along with trainers from Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, is offering FREE mental health first aid trainings to faculty, staff and students across campus

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour training course (can be broken into two 4 hour sessions) designed to give participants key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, MHFA training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind MHFA demonstrates that it makes people feel more comfortable managing a crisis situation and builds mental health literacy —  helping the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. Specifically, studies found that those who trained in MHFA have greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments, and decreased stigmatizing attitudes.

Topics Covered:

  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Trauma
  • Psychosis
  • Substance Use Disorders

Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better and use their strengths to stay well.

After completion of the training, each participate is certified in Mental Health First Aid. The certification is valid for three years.

RSVP's are required for this two-part training which will be held on May 17th and May 30th from 9 am - 1 pm. By completing the RSVP you agree to attend both sessions.

For more information about this event, please contact Shantalea Johns at 313-577-4409 or