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Mental Health First Aid training course


In this course, you will learn how to assist a peer PhD student, a colleague, or someone else near you who may be experiencing a mental health problem until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence-based action plan.

Program Design

The Mental Health First Aid course will run as 4x3 hour modules. Participation during all four days is required:
Thursday September 9 at 13.00 – 16.00
Friday September 10 at 09.00 – 12.00
Monday September 13 at 13.00 – 16.00
Tuesday September 14 at 09.00 – 12.00


Christine Karlsson and Jenny Hansson, Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructors


In-person meeting if the Covid-19 situation allows, otherwise Zoom.


Stem Cell Center-affiliated PhD students


Please register before April 30, 2021 using the link below. The number of participants is limited to 20 and may be reduced to allow an IRL meeting in line with Covid-19 recommendations.…

Course details

Below please find a summary of purpose, content, and learning outcomes of the MHFA course. Detailed information can be found here:


The idea behind the Mental Health First Aid program is similar to physical first aid training: To provide the student with the knowledge that allows him or her to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and to step in and provide initial help and support until the person receives professional help or the crisis resolves. The intention is also to spread awareness about mental health and mental illness in order to reduce prejudice and stigmatization. The program is based on scientific evidence and expert consensus from researchers and clinicians.

Program Content

  • The training provides an overview of the occurrence of various forms of mental illness in Sweden, providing detailed knowledge of the signs and symptoms of various mental disorders, particularly depression, suicidal proximity, psychotic disorders and anxiety disorders and the treatment available.
  • The course provides knowledge on how to recognize and intervene in crises such as self-injury, suicide proximity, panic attacks, trauma and acute psychotic state.
  • The course teaches how to receive and acknowledge that information and how to encourage those in need to seek appropriate psychiatric help, encouraging the use of various self-help strategies.
  • Participants receive an instructive and detailed handbook on first aid for mental health.
  • This is an education course, to learn how to give first aid to others, and is not a therapy or support group.

Course fee

  • The course is free of charge for members of the Research School in Stem Cell Biology. Read more about membership here.
  • No-show policy: Individuals who have been admitted to the course and fail to show up will be required to pay a no-show fee of 1000 SEK. If you cannot attend the workshop, please send an e-mail to christine [dot] karlsson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se in advance.



February 16-18, 2021 (3 days)

Zoom digital workshop
You will need to be able to attend from a quiet place where you can work undisturbed. You will need a good internet connection, a webcam and a microphone for video calling. 

Notes on Timings:

  1. All timings are approximate, as we will be working in a process-oriented manner. The time spent on a topic will expand or shrink to meet the needs of the course participants.
  2. We start at 09:00 and work until approximately 17:30 on each day.


Apply here

Application deadline: January 3, 2021. 

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application via email within one week after the application deadline.


Christine Karlsson
Executive director Research School in Stem Cell Biology
Christine [dot] Karlsson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se