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Faculty and Staff: You're Invited to a Mental Health First Aid Workshop July 28

Sign Up by July 21!

Mental health and substance abuse continue to negatively affect the lives of millions of people every day:

  • An average of 130 people die by suicide daily.
  • From 1999 to 2019, 841,000 people died from drug overdoses.
  • Nearly one in five Americans lives with a mental illness. 

To help prepare the UHD community to address mental health needs on campus, UHD Counseling Services is offering a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course for faculty and staff to learn how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance-use challenges among adults. The all-day workshop will be held Friday, July 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in person (details below). You must register by July 21 at 5 p.m. to attend—and seats are limited to 30 participants, so sign up today! Questions? Email UHD Counseling Services.

What the Course Will Cover

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges.
  • Common signs and symptoms of substance-use challenges.
  • How to interact with a person in crisis.
  • How to connect a person with help.
  • Expanded content on trauma, subtance use, and self-care.


  • Date: Friday, July 28
  • Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location: In person (room to be determined; registrants will be notified prior to the event)
  • Register: https://forms.microsoft.com/r/gsfptFJwd4 (seats limited to 30 registrants)


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About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.