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Mental Health​ First Aid – ​Help with issues of wellbeing

The Mental Health First Aid Team of Jena University offer confidential and simple first help with emotional distress and in psychological crises.
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Mental Health First Aid – First Aid when you're experiencing a personal crisis

Stress? Depressed? Burn out? Emotionally vulnerable? – Our Mental Health First Aid team is here to support you!

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised programme designed to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health, provide help on a first aid basis and guide someone to appropriate support. Our MHFA team have all completed the accredited training at the Central Institute for Mental Health in Mannheim, and are available to talk to about issues with your wellbeing. They are not therapists, but they can help identify the right support to address your needs. All consultations are strictly confidential.

The Mental Health First Aid Team at Friedrich Schiller University

Friedrich Schiller University Jena has been offering a variety of prevention measures in order to support all employees and associated researchers in their self care and psychological wellbeing. The Studierendenwerk of the Thuringian State also provides consultation and support offers around your psychological health.

As of 2021, Graduate Academy and the Jena Alliance Life in Focus have created an additional offer to help bridge the gap between prevention and treatment: Our MHFA first aiders are situated in different university institutions, and are open to assist all employees of the university independently of their working area, as well as all young researchers (doctoral candidates, postdocs).

Mental Health First Aider
English, German, Dutch
Jena School for Microbial Communication
Hendrik Huthoff, Dr
Coordinator local MHFA first aid training
Hendrik Huthoff JSMC
Hellfeldsches Haus
Neugasse 23
07743 Jena
Mental Health First Aider | English, German
Max Planck School of Photonics
Adrienn Takács
Adrienn Takács
Hans-Knöll-Strasse 1
07743 Jena
Mental Health First Aider
English, German, French
Graduate Academy
Anne Dünger
"Cultural Change Postdocs"
Anne Dünger
Haus für den wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs - Zur Rosen
Johannisstraße 13
07743 Jena
Mental Health First Aider
German, English
University Hospital Jena, Jena School for Molecular Medicine
Anne Knierim
Anne Knierin
Hans-Knöll-Straße 2
07745 Jena

Our Partner: The MHFA Programme at Central Institute for Meantal Health (CIMH) Mannheim

What is the MHFA Programme? Show content

More than 40 percent of Germans will experience mental illnesses at least once in the course of their lives. Even though we encounter many people suffering from psychological illnesses in our direct environment, the issue of mental health still causes a lot of uncertainty, prejudices, and anxiety. This is why we are conviced that prevention and desigmatisation in the field of mental health are of great importance. 

This is where the MHFA First Aiders Programme enters the picture. MHFA First Aider Trainings for mental health have been developed in line with the successful guideline for First Aif with physical illness. The programme trains amateurs as Mental Health First Aiders within 12 hours.

Apart from providing theoretical background information, the training also teaches practical first aid measures for mental health issues, both while still developping, but also while already causing an acute mental crisis.

The MHFA First Aider Training improves the individual knowledge on mental health, reduces stigmatising behaviour, increaes the trust in one's individual competencies, and strengthens the aider's own psychological wellbeing.

Download the info flyer of the Institute for Menatal Health Mannheim here: Link (2 MB) [pdf, 2 mb] de

The Goal of MHFA Certification Classes? Show content

It enables adults to provide mental health first aid to their family, colleagues, and their friends, as it puts them in the position to succesfully read the signs and signals of mental illnesses, to understand them and react to them. The trainings are moreover offering a sensible additional benefit for educational institutions, companies, medical first aiders and many other insitutions.

For further information, please go to www.mhfa-ersthelfer.de.

Beyond the qualification of university members as MHFA first aiders via our partner programme in Mannheim, Friedrich Schiller University also plans to qualify instructors who will conduct MHFA classes on-site in Jena.

If you are interested in qualifying as a MHFA first-aider, please contact us!

Contact Partner: Dr Hendrik Huthoff (for contact details, please see above)

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