Mental Health First Aid Training Available for Students

RCTC has rescheduled the Mental Health First Aid Training that was previously scheduled for Student Success Day. The training will now be offered on Friday, March 15th from 8:00am to 4:30pm and participation is available able for up to 30 students. Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who?may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

Just as CPR training helps a person with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a person assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis such as contemplating suicide. In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual?until appropriate professional?help arrives. Mental Health First Aiders learn a single 5-step strategy that includes assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual in crisis, and identifying appropriate professional help and other supports.

Participants are also introduced to risk factors and warning signs for mental health or substance use problems, engage in experiential activities that build understanding of the impact of illness on individuals and families, and learn about evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies. Participants receive a certificate and certification is valid for three years. The training is a great opportunity to develop skills to help others and would look great on a resume.

Please note that this training is eight hours long from 8:00am to 4:30pm with a 30 minute lunch break. Participants will receive a free lunch and are expected to participate in the full training for certification.

Students can register for Mental Health First Aid here.

For more information on Mental Health First Aid please visit:

Contact Becca Peine at with questions about the training.


Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities
Title IX Coordinator
Rochester Community and Technical College
Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
851 30thAve. SE, Rochester, MN? 55904

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