Mental Health First Aid

Empire State University is dedicated to reducing mental health stigma in both our university community and the communities our students live. One way we combat mental health stigma is by giving our students the tools to help people facing a mental health or substance use challenge.

Mental Health First Aid, presented by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in adults. The training gives you the skills to reach out and provide initial help and support.

The course requires an attendee to complete a two-hour online module before attending an eight-hour instructor-led session. All instructor-led sessions will be hosted via Zoom. Most importantly, all pre-work and instructor-led trainings must be completed to receive a certificate.

There is no cost to students, faculty, and staff of Empire State University to participate in this training. Funding was set aside from the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) to support these mental health projects and initiatives.

Class sizes are limited to 30 attendees. If an instructor-led session meets capacity, a waiting list will be created. You will be notified of your waiting list status and your number on the waiting list.

If you have questions about the course, please email the Health and Wellness Program.




February 15, 2024

9am to 5pm


March 6, 2024

9am to 5pm


April 24, 2024

9am to 5pm


May 6, 2024

9am to 5pm


If you are interested in taking a mental health first aid class during one of the above sessions, please register on our mental health first aid registration form. You will only be able to select one day and submit one request.

PLEASE NOTE: To register, you must log in to your Empire State University Microsoft Office 365 account. Your credentials will be the same as those used to sign on to MySUNYempire. All registrations will need to be completed online, with no exceptions.


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