Mental Health First Aid.

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What is it?

An evidence-based program that teaches how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges.

What does it teach?

  • Ways to connect and interact with a person in crisis.
  • Signs and symptoms of: mental health challenges and substance abuse challenges.
  • Content on: trauma, substance use, and self-care.

How is it taught?

In-Person: Learners will receive their trainings as an 8-hour, instructor-led, in-person course.

Blended: Learners complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course and participate in a 4.5 - 5.5 hour, instructor-led training. Instructor-led trainings can be in-person or over a video conference.

Learn how to respond with the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan (ALGEE)

A ssess for risk of suicide or harm.

L isten nonjudgmentally

G ive reassurance and information.

E ncourage appropriate professional help.

E ncourage self-help and other support strategies.

Meet Our Instructors

Pictured: Sarah Gross

Sarah Gross

Project Manager

Sarah is a 2020 graduate of the health and community wellness program at the University of West Georgia. She serves as the Project Manager for the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation grant here at UWG. Previously, she served as a health and wellness coach in the Wolf Wellness Lab at UWG.

Pictured: Christina Jordan

Christina Jordan

Simulation Nurse Educator BSN, RN, HNB-BC

Christina Jordan is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing with UWG's School of Nursing. She has over 23 years of experience in holistic health and a clinical background in emergency and integrative nursing.

Pictured: Erica Moore

Erica Moore

Administrative Support Senior

Erica serves as Administrative Support for the Department of Research and Sponsored Projects. She is a 2022 graduate of the University of West Georgia with a B.S in Health and Community Wellness and is pursuing a M.A. in Integrative Health and Wellness.

Pictured: Sandy Shackleford

Sandy Shackleford

Program Coordinator

Sandie is a 2010 graduate of the English Program at the University of West Georgia. She is the Program Coordinator for the Sources of Strength program here at UWG. She is also a 2021 graduate of the UWG Non-Profit Leadership Institute and is a founding board member of Your Haven, an addiction recovery support center in Haralson County.

Pictured: Laurin Plummer

Laurin Plummer


Laurin is the coordinator for the Center for Integrative Wellness. She graduated from Auburn University with B.S. in Elementary Education and is currently enrolled at UWG working toward a M.A. in Sociology.

Pictured: Norie Rogers

Norie Rogers

Clinical Case Manager

Norie Rogers is a 2017 Master's level graduate of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of West Georgia. She serves as the Clinical Case Manager for the Counseling Center here at UWG. She aids students in connecting to both on-campus and off-campus resources to help them academically, emotionally, and socially succeed. Norie is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has served in community and private practice settings.

Pictured: Bridgette Stewart

Bridgette Stewart

Chief Wellness Officer

Stewart is an active member of the National Wellness Institute and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She has served as chair of the Council for Wellness Certification Excellence for NWI, which recently developed the country's first set of core competencies for wellness professionals. In June 2018, Ms. Stewart was inducted into the National Wellness Institute's Circle of Leadership. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the National Wellness Institute. Ms. Stewart holds several health and wellness certifications/specialized trainings.