Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour in-person course for faculty, staff and students, which teaches the risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses and substance use related crises, as well as how to recognize a problem, give reassurance and refer them to seek professional help.

The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. Attendees will learn the five-step action plan, ALGEE:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen nonjudgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

These courses are part of Metropolitan State University's ongoing efforts to reduce and prevent suicide by providing gatekeeper trainings, which teach participants to recognize signs of distress in people and to connect that person to helpful resources.

You can help to prevent suicide at Metropolitan State. Suicide prevention is all of our business, and everyone can play a role to help.

Register on Eventbrite. Contact Cassandra Shaker with questions or for information about future sessions. To learn more about Mental Health First Aid, please go to


  • When
    • December 31, 2017
    • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Where
    • Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center
    • 9110 Brooklyn Boulevard
    • Brooklyn Park, MN, 55445
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