No Cost Mental Health First Aid Course Available

Thanks to a LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation grant, provider members can access an online Mental Health First Aid certification course for free through Winona State University. We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused trauma and stress for staff in long-term care settings. As one method to prevent crisis and burnout, we encourage LeadingAge Minnesota members to take advantage of this opportunity.

What is Mental Health First Aid?
The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is part of a suite of internationally acclaimed and evidence-based, accredited training programs that empower and equip individuals with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to support a friend, family member or co-worker experiencing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis.

What is the Course Outline?
Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour online course over two days, teaching a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professionals, peers, and self-help care. Participants learn the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, build an understanding of the importance of early intervention and, most importantly, learn how to help someone in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.

Register Now: Each cohort (see dates and times below) is limited to 15 participants. The 8-hour course consists of two 3.5-hour in-person virtual sessions. In addition, it requires 2 hours of self-paced, online coursework to be completed before the training. The registration deadline is Tuesday, July 20 at noon.

REGISTER for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)


Session 1

Session 2



Tuesday, Aug. 3

Wednesday, Aug. 4

4 - 7:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Aug. 10

Thursday, Aug. 12

2 - 5:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Aug. 10

Thursday, Aug. 12

6:30 - 10 a.m.

Participants must complete all self-paced prework and attend in-person virtual sessions to become Mental Health First Aid Certified. Upon completing the course, each participant will receive a Mental Health First Aid 'e-card' and the digital Mental Health First Aid Participant Manual.

Questions can be directed to Jenna Kellerman at

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