Virtual Mental Health First Aid Training


Mental Health First Aid USA is a public education program managed by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing that helps learners to identify signs and symptoms of a mental health challenge in adults, understand the effects of mental health challenges on an adult’s life, and safely respond to an adult experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. 

Mental Health First Aid USA does not prepare learners to take on the role of professionals, such as diagnosis, counseling, or prescribing medications. Additionally, this course does not take the place of a counseling or therapy group for the learner. 

This course includes 2 hours of self-paced work on the Connect learning system and an 8-hour, interactive instructor-led class via Zoom. Following the successful completion of this course, participants will receive a certificate that lasts for 3 years. Receiving a Mental Health First Aid USA certificate does not mandate a learner to use Mental Health First Aid, but rather shows that the person has successfully learned the information provided in the Mental Health First Aid USA course. 

For more information on the history and success of Mental Health First Aid USA at the national level, please visit:

For more information about Mental Health First Aid USA at Michigan State University Extension, please visit:

Who Should Attend

This training is designed for adults 18 years and older whose primary residence is in the United States. Any person looking to strengthen their skills in recognizing and responding to mental health challenges and crises in their communities, social networks, and workplaces can benefit from this course. If you have been certified in Mental Health First Aid USA previously and would like to renew your certification, you are eligible to take a shortened, self-paced recertification course at:


This course will take place online only via the Connect learning platform and Zoom. Information about accessing the self-paced work in Connect and the Zoom meeting information will be sent out via email.


The self-paced work takes about 2 hours and can be done either all at once or in sections any time before the pre-work due date: Oct. 21, 2022, at 12 p.m. (noon) ET. Note, learners may need to wait up to two business days to access their pre-work following the creation of their Connect account.

The instructor-led Zoom session begins at 8:30 a.m. ET and ends at 4:30 p.m. ET. The course has a built-in 15-minute morning break, a 30-minute lunch break, and a 15-minute afternoon break. If you are unable to attend for the entire day of training, please select an alternative date.


Thursday, October 27th 
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET


The cost of Mental Health First Aid USA is $45 per registrant. This includes access to the Connect learning system and all its resources for 3 years, the instructor-led session, and a downloadable certificate. 

Michigan residents involved in or closely related to agricultural business may be eligible for discounted training. Please contact Carly Sandoval at to check your eligibility and receive instructions for registration.

Registration and Coursework Process 

  1. Upon completing this registration, you will receive a receipt via the email provided.
  2. Within a week of registering, if no more than 1 month before the course, you will receive an email from Upon receiving this, click the link within the email to create your Connect account. Please create your Connect account as soon as you receive the invitation. You will receive periodic reminders if you do not create your Connect account. Failure to create your Connect account and complete your pre-work by the due date will result in removal from the course.
  3. After creating your Connect account, please wait at least 2 business days to be manually enrolled into your Connect course. You will receive an email from once you have been enrolled. At that point, you will be able to access your pre-work.
  4. The pre-work includes modules 1-9 in the Connect course. Pre-work will be complete when the progress bar is at 69%. The pre-work is due at 12 p.m. (noon) ET the Friday before your course (Oct. 21, 2022).
    • Extensions may be granted per request. You will receive periodic reminders from your course instructors if your pre-work is not complete. Failure to complete the pre-work by the due date without an extension request may result in removal from the course.
  5. You will receive an email from your course instructors 1 day before your course with the Zoom meeting information.
  6. The instructor-led session will take place on Zoom from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET on the date of the course. Participants must be present and engaged in the training for at least 90% of the teaching time (no more than 40 minutes away, not including scheduled breaks) in order to be certified.
    • Present and engaged means that the participant's camera is on, the participant is within the view of their camera, the participant can unmute themselves and speak to the group, and the participant can type responses to questions in the chatbox. Failure to meet the expectations of the training may result in no certification and no refund per our cancellation policy. Please note that accommodation requests and extenuating circumstances will be considered.
  7. After attending the instructor-led session, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download your certificate from Connect.

Course Requirements

  • Computer or tablet with Internet access
  • Computer or tablet with the ability to run the Zoom application
  • Computer or tablet with a working camera
  • Computer or tablet with a working speaker and microphone

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancel on or before Oct. 14, 2022 - FULL REFUND of $45. 
  • Cancel on or after Oct. 15, 2022 - NO REFUND
    • Failure to create your Connect account and complete your pre-work by 12 p.m. (noon) ET on Oct. 21, 2022, without approval for an extension will result in cancellation.
    • Failure to attend at least 90% of the instructor-led session will result in cancellation.
  • Exceptions to this cancellation policy may be made at the discretion of the course instructors.

Payment Options

  • Michigan State University Extension Employees:
    • Please enter the appropriate MSU account number on the payment page.
  • Registering as an individual (this includes non-Extension MSU staff and faculty):
    • Individuals must pay by credit card at the time of registration when able. If payment by credit card is unavailable, please contact Carly Sandoval at
  • Group Registrations- each individual registers themselves but a single payment method is to be used:
    • This must be approved by the Mental Health First Aid team. Email Carly Sandoval at to move forward with this option.
  • Group Registrations (one person registering on behalf of a group):
    • If you would like to register multiple participants on their behalf, please choose the group registration option on the following page and be ready to provide the following information for each participant:
      • First and Last name of the participant
      • Email of the participant
      • Phone number of the participant
      • Address of the participant
      • County of the participant
      • Special Needs Accommodations requests for the participant
    • Payment via credit card at the time of registration is preferred, please email Carly Sandoval at if payment by credit card is not available.


Abigail Cudney

Carly Sandoval

Jim Yates

Kai Gritter

Steven Whittington


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information, contact Carly Sandoval at or Cheryl Eschbach at