Adult Mental Health First Aid is a training course which teaches you to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adults. The course will provide you with key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis, and will assist you in feeling more comfortable in managing a crisis situation. The course covers the following:

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


• Recognize potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems,
including depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance abuse disorders, and self-injury.

• Use an action plan to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.

• Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the United States and the need for reduced negative attitudes.

• Assess your own views and feelings about mental health problems and disorders.

Employers, police officers, hospital staff, first responders, faith leaders, community members, and others seeking to learn more about adult mental health crisis management.

No prerequisites required.

Nancy Razo, Ph.D., LSSP

Dr. Nancy Peña Razo received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and her doctorate in School Psychology from Texas A&M University. She is licensed as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP). Dr. Razo has been a Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) instructor since 2012 and is also a certified instructor in the Spanish version of YMHFA, Primeros Auxilios para la Salud Mental de los Jóvenes. She is also an instructor for the Adult version of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) with designations in the Higher Education Module and the Public Safety Module as well as the Spanish version of Mental Health First Aid. Dr. Razo has worked in a variety of settings that have allowed her to work with individuals of all ages experiencing mental health issues. Dr. Razo is currently the School Psychology Program Coordinator in the College of Education & P-16 Integration at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where she is also a Professor of Practice.

Note: If you are applying for the Continuing Education Private Loan to cover the registration fee for a non-credit continuing education program, then please use the UTRGV Continuing Education School Code: 003599. The loan amount you note in the application cannot exceed the open enrollment fee noted on our website. The minimum for the loans must be $500.00. Some service charges may apply.
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Edinburg Course Information

Registration Deadline: April 3, 2023



8:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m


Edinburg CESS Building

Dr. Nancy Peña Razo

$ 299

$ 249 (Early Bird price ends March 27, 2023)


** Course fee includes materials.

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