Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Evaluation

MHFA is a gatekeeper training program designed to increase knowledge and skills of non-clinicians. As compared to a program such as QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer), the main difference is that MHFA is broader, with extensive coverage of not just suicide risk but also depression, anxiety, non-suicidal self-injury, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders). We conducted a 32-campus randomized trial of the effectiveness of MHFA as a training option for resident advisors (RAs). 

Click here for a copy of the paper (Lipson, S. K., Speer, N., Brunwasser, S., Hahn, E., & Eisenberg, D. (2014). Gatekeeper training and access to mental health care at universities and colleges. Journal of Adolescent Health, 55(5), 612-619.).