Mental Health First Aid, QPR & CAP Programs

Mental Health First Aid Course

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour certification course that teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adults. The training provides the skills needed to connect with and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. The course is interactive and uses role-playing and simulations demonstrating intervention skills with adults experiencing specific mental health challenges. 

Miami University staff, faculty, and students are welcome to register for the course.

For classified staff: Job Enrichment points may be available if approved by your supervisor.

Option #1:

In-Person Training: October 7, 2022 (Friday of Fall Break)

Participants must complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course (“pre-work”) prior to attending a 6-hour in-person, Instructor-led training (skills application) in order to obtain certification in Mental Health First Aid. There will be multiple breaks during the training including a one-hour lunch break (lunch is on-your-own; not provided). Space is limited to 20 participants. 

Date: Friday, October 7, 2022, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location:  McGuffey Hall, Room 120
Cost: $23.95. We ask faculty/staff to use their department or organization’s Account/Index Code for payment of the course.  Students: contact Jennifer Young to arrange payment.

Instructors: Jennifer Young, Ph.D. & Laura Wonsik, M.A., PCC-S from the Student Counseling Service
Deadline to register: Monday, October 3, 2022

To register or for more information: Email Jennifer Young,

Option #2:

Virtual Training: December 12, 2022

In partnership with Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio, the Student Counseling Service is pleased to offer a FREE, virtual Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training. 

Participants must complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course (“pre-work”) prior to attending a 6-hour virtual, instructor-led training (skills application) via Zoom in order to obtain certification in MHFA. The MHFA Manual is accessed online.  Each attendee needs a computer or tablet (or a smart phone if no other option) with a webcam/microphone and an individual email address. Participants are required to have their webcam on for the duration of the training to ensure full attendance. Participants cannot have multiple people on one webcam. Attendees must install Zoom or access it via their browser.

There will be multiple breaks during training including a 30-minute lunch break.  Space is limited to 30 participants and the course may be canceled or rescheduled if we do not meet the minimum attendance.

Miami University staff, faculty, and students are welcome to register for the course.  

Date: Monday, December 12, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom link (provided at registration)
Cost: FREE!
Instructors:  Staff from Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio 
Deadline to register: Monday, November 28, 2022

For more information: Contact Michelle Rolf at Mental Health of America of Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio ( or Jennifer Young at SCS (

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)

Just as CPR helps anyone save a life in a medical emergency, QPR is a simple educational program that teaches ordinary citizens how to recognize a mental health emergency and get a person at-risk the help they need.

In these trainings, certified QPR Gatekeeper Instructors teach the three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide: Question, Persuade, and Refer. In just 90 minutes, you can learn to save a life.

Goals of QPR Gatekeeper Training

  • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • Learn how to offer and provide hope
  • Learn how to provide help and save a life through Question, Persuade, and Refer skills
  • Obtain resources available to help someone in crisis

Training Audience

The more people trained in QPR, the more lives are saved. According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide.

Gatekeepers can be anyone, and include parents, friends, neighbors, professors, advisors, colleagues, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, police officers, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

Register and Learn More

Option 1: Faculty and Staff

To be determined. 

Option 2: Students

If you are a Miami University student or part of a student organization, please contact the HAWKS Peer Health Educators. HAWKS provide QPR trainings for students and student groups.

Option 3: Envision Partnerships

Envision Partnerships, in collaboration with the Butler County Suicide Prevention Coalition, offers free QPR trainings. To learn how to bring a QPR Gatekeeper Training to your workplace, school, place of worship, or civic organization, contact Kristen Smith at (513) 868-2100 ext. 228 or

To sign up for an upcoming virtual training, visit the event calendar.


Campus Assistance Program (CAP)

CAP presentations to academic departments and departmental staff meetings provide opportunities for Miami’s faculty and staff to learn how we, as a campus, can assist our students in emotional distress.  Your department/center can request a CAP presentation from SCS staff. Our presentations typically are 60-90 minutes in length. The goals of CAP include:

  • Educate our campus community about mental health issues facing our faculty, staff, and students.
  • Increase understanding of how psychosocial struggles impact students’ academic performance, class attendance, health, and behavior.
  • Assist faculty, staff, and students in identifying behaviors indicating a student may benefit from intervention.
  • Teach skills to reach out to students who feel isolated, marginalized, and are less likely to seek help for their distress.
  • Teach ways in which to offer and promote support services that best meet students’ needs.
  • Encourage consultation with student support services throughout the university and community about referrals and case management for identified students.

Participants will learn the following steps in how to assist students in need:

  1. Identify--that the student is at risk
  2. Inquire--by personally communicating your concerns and observations
  3. Encourage--the student to seek help
  4. Refer--the student to the appropriate service

For more information contact Jennifer Young, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Outreach & Consultation at 513-529-4634 or email