Free Mental Health First Aid Trainings

Published on: November 13, 2022

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Free Mental Health First Aid trainings

Mental Health First Aid training is available for those who did not participate this past academic year.
During 2021-2022 over 300 individuals (students and employees) received Mental Health First Aid Certification with over 98% indicating they would recommend it to a colleague or friend.

The dates below are available to IHCC or DCTC students:

  • Friday, December 2, 2022, 9:00am-4:00pm (in person @ DCTC)
  • Tues/Wed, January 4 & 5, 12:00-3:00pm (via Zoom, requires attendance both days)
  • Friday, January 13, 2023, 9:00am-4:00pm (in person @ IHCC)
  • Friday, January 20, 2023, 9:00am-4:00pm (in person @ DCTC)

The dates below are available to IHCC or DCTC employees:

  • Friday, December 16, 2022, 9:00am-3:30pm (via Zoom)
  • Tues/Wed, December 20 & 21, 2022, 9:00am-12:00pm (via Zoom, requires attendance both days)
  • Tues/Wed, January 4 & 5, 2023, 9:00am-12:00pm (via Zoom, requires attendance both days)

Note: Separate dates available for students.


What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a national, evidence-based training that gives you the information and skills to help someone with mental health concerns in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

The 8-hour training is completed in two parts. First, you will complete a self-paced 2-hour training online that introduces you to various mental health topics. Second, you will attend a live 6.5-hour training (including 30 minute break) via Zoom with two of our certified trainers where you will learn more information and will practice applying the information to real-life scenarios.


Why Take This Training?

  • It is a helpful tool for working with students and others in your life
  • You’ll become certified in Mental Health First Aid
  • Better understand mental health concerns in your students, family, and community
  • Can be added to your résumé/CV or your Professional Development Plan


What Will I Learn?

During the 8-hour training, you will:

  • Learn about risk factors and warning signs of mental health issues
  • Learn a 5-step action plan to communicate with and assist individuals who are experiencing mental health concerns
  • Apply the action plan to a variety of higher education scenarios
  • Receive a free online manual, processing guide, and helpful resources to use in your work with students


To sign up, just complete this online form and indicate which training date you prefer.

Sign Up Here


NOTE: Space is limited to 20 people per training and is open to IHCC and DCTC employees or students. 


If you have any questions, feel free to contact:

Patrick Chaussee
Accessibility Services Coordinator
Dakota County Technical College
Monday-Thursday (651) 423-8469
Fridays via email:

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