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  • October 31, 2022
  • Marketing and Communications staff

SUNY Fredonia is pleased to announce a new campus-wide training opportunity offered in conjunction with Erie-2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES (E2CCB), Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene's Chautauqua Tapestry Resilience Initiative, the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Chautauqua County, and the Program Evaluation Center at Fredonia. 

Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education teaches how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training focuses on the unique experiences and needs of college students and gives participants the skills needed to reach out and provide initial support to either a student or fellow colleague who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem. Additionally, participants will learn how to help connect students and colleagues to the appropriate care or support and receive local resources.

Two trainings will be offered per month from November 2022 through May 2023. Virtual and in-person options are available. All learners are required to complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course, and then participate in either a 6.5-hour instructor-led training in-person, or 6.5-hour live digital instruction on Zoom. Two weeks before the scheduled training, participants will be sent an email with instructions on how to log in to “CONNECT” (learning management system) to start the 2-hour self-paced online course.

To select a session and register to attend, go online.

If trainings have less than five participants pre-registered, the participants may be asked to re-schedule for another date.

Some training topics covered:

  • A discussion of campus culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health.
  • A discussion of the specific stress and risk factors faced by those in higher education.
  • Applying the action plan in a number of scenarios designed specifically for faculty, administration, and students.
  • A review of the mental health resources available on campus and through partnerships in the community.