MTSU Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health Awareness Training:

New training dates announced for Spring 2020!


 MHFA has added FOUR new instructors! 

Read each new instructor's bio in the staff section below. 

Instructors added in September 2019: Dr. Tiffany Wilson and Program Coordinator Linda Williams

Dr. Tiffany Wilson      Linda Williams

Dr. Tiffany Wilson                                      Linda Williams


Instructors added in January 2020: Dr. Mary Beth Asbury and Dr. Deborah Lee

Dr. Mary Beth Asbury       Dr. Deborah Lee

                                             Dr. Mary Beth Asbury                 Dr. Deborah Lee


Welcome, also, CHHS-MFHA's new Project Assistant: Michelle Sterlingshires!

Michelle Sterlingshires

Michelle Sterlingshires


Mental Health First Aid Certification Trainings  

Become a First Aider!


MTSU-MHFA certification training is available to students, staff and faculty of MTSU.   

If you are not a student, staff or faculty member of MTSU, an off-campus class are offered periodically.  Click HERE, and follow the prompts, for more information about off campus classes or to find courses available to the public.   

Each session runs for 8 hours over either 1 day (eight hours) or 2 days (4 hours each day). If you register for a two-day class, both days are required for certification.

Session Dates

Days of week



February 5 and 7, 2020 Wednesday and Friday 8:30am - 12:30pm  
March 21, 2020 Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm  
April 10, 2020 Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm  
April 16 and 17, 2020 Thursday and Friday 8:30am - 12:30pm  
May 8, 2020 Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm  
May 11 and 12, 2020 Monday and Tuesday 8:30am - 12:30pm   


To register, complete this registration form, and send to   Make sure you include the dates and times of your training on the form. 

For more information contact Linda Williams, MHFA Program Coordinator, at or 615-494-8685.


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MHFA in the news!     

May 10, 2019 - MTSU-CHHS staff appeared on WGNS Radio to share information about a new campus mental health training project, new sleep quality and positive aging consortiums and a special upcoming alumni event. Read the article or listen to the podcast by clicking here

 More news about CHHS-MHFA:

More about the Mental Health First Aid program

Middle Tennessee State University Center for Health and Human Services (CHHS) received a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to implement the Mental Health First Aid project on the MTSU campus to be delivered to students, staff and faculty of MTSU. Mental Health First Aid is a national evidence-based training program that teaches members of the general public how to help a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.  Read more in the October 2018 media release.

Mental Health First Aid is intended to create a culture of mental health awareness by providing training on mental health conditions, information on mental health resources and information on services available on campus and in the community to MTSU students. CHHS began implementing Mental Health First Aid trainings to university faculty, staff, campus organizations, students, student-veterans, and student-veteran families during the first quarter of 2019 and will facilitate 44 training sessions over the next three years.

MTSU Mental Health First Aid Staff


  • MTSU MHFA Principle Investigator and Associate Director, MTSU Center for Health and Human Services (CHHS):  Cynthia Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES ® is the Principal Investigator for the Mental Health First Aid project, and serves as the  MTSU Center for Health and Human Services Associate Director for Community Programs.  Ms. Chafin has been with CHHS as a project director since 2002 and has a lengthy history in public health having worked for and with the state health department along with multiple local, state, and national non-profit and community-based organizations as a volunteer, project director, and consultant.
  •  MTSU CHHS Grant and Program Coordinator: Sarah Gwinn serves as the Grant and Program Coordinator for CHHS. She came to MTSU with a background in grant writing, grant management, and fundraising from the local nonprofit community.
  •  MTSU MHFA Program Coordinator and instructor: Linda Williams M.A. serves as the Program Coordinator for Mental Health First Aid project, joining CHHS in February 2019.  Ms. Williams previously worked in residential addiction treatment management since 2007, and with child and adolescent physical fitness from 1992-2007. She has also served as Family Program Director and trauma symptom stabilization specialist in residential treatment. Ms. Williams’ interest in public health is born out of her clinical experience with the presentation of comorbid substance abuse and mental health disorders. She is excited to be participating in evidenced-based programs that provide public mental health education.  As a True Blue Alum Mom, Ms. Williams is honored to be a part of the team at MTSU-CHHS.      
  • MTSU MHFA Program Evaluator: Dr. Angela Bowman serves as Program Evaluator and is an Assistant Professor of Public Health and Biostatistics at Middle Tennessee State University.  Her primary professional roles include teaching statistics to the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students in the Health and Human Performance Department, and serving as a consultant in the areas of statistics and psychometrics on a range of internal and external projects.  You can learn more about Dr. Bowman’s background and qualifications at the following link:
  • NEW STAFF!  MTSU MHFA Project Assistant: Michelle Sterlingshires

     A Tennessee native, Ms. Sterlingshires earned both her Master of Arts in Quantitative Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Psychology degrees at MTSU. She has worked as a contractor and consultant for individuals and corporations such as Discovery Education Assessment. Her primary professional interests include data analytics and applied statistics. 


  • MTSU MHFA Instructors: Dr. Seth Marshall, Haley Sudbury, Angela Mueller, Dr. Tiffany Wilson, Dr. Deborah Lee, Dr. Mary Beth Asbury

    • Seth Marshall is an associate professor in the psychology department at MTSU. He is a teacher, practicing psychologist, and researcher. His work as a mental health first aid instructor parallels closely with his primary professional interest, that is, taking a strength-based approach to promoting mental health.,
    • Haley Sudbury is currently a graduate student in the MTSU Professional Counseling program and she is working towards achieving her Ed.S. in Professional School Counseling. As mental health issues has been prevalent in Haley's family and friend groups over the years, she has become more determined to remove the "black label" that society has placed upon mental illnesses and plans to work hard to bring mental health the awareness and attention it truly deserves.
    • Angela Mueller serves in a dual role as Project Assistant and Mental Health First Aid Instructor.. She is a graduate student in the Professional Counseling Program studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her personal interests, education and life experiences have given her a passion for helping others and raising awareness about mental health.
    • NEW INSTRUCTOR!  Dr. Tiffany Wilson
      Tiffany Wilson is currently an Assistant Professor and the School Counseling Program Coordinator within the Professional Counseling Program at Middle Tennessee State University. She holds a MS in School Counseling and a PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling and Counselor Education from North Carolina A & T State University. Prior to joining the MTSU faculty, Dr. Wilson worked as a licensed professional school counselor and a licensed career development coordinator in North Carolina. She also worked as licensed professional counselor in various clinical settings. In addition to being a licensed professional counselor, Dr. Wilson is also a National Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and a Board Certified Tele-mental Health Professional. Dr. Wilson is an active member in the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Counselor Education (ACES), Tennessee Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES) and the American School Counseling Association (ASCA).
    • NEW INSTRUCTOR!  Dr. Mary Beth Asbury
      Mary Beth Asbury is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at MTSU. She researches and teaches in the areas of interpersonal and health communication, focusing on weight stigma in interpersonal contexts, such as family communication and dating, and body image. Dr. Asbury is passionate about reducing the stigma regarding mental illness by helping others share their stories and experiences.
    • NEW INSTRUCTOR!  Dr. Deborah Lee

      Deborah Lee is the NHC Chair of Excellence in Nursing.  She has worked in a variety of health care roles and settings throughout her career.  Her roles have spanned working as a hospital and home care nurse, researcher, university professor, public health professional and health care administrator in the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Lee teaches communication skills and motivational interviewing techniques. She conceived of, and leads, the MTSU Positive Aging Consortium.  She is a national board-certified health and wellness coach, an instructor in the Health & Well-being Coaching programs at Duke Integrative Medicine, and serves as a mentor instructor in the coaching programs at Vanderbilt and Meharry Medical College. 


  MTSU Mental Health First Aid Advisory Board

  • Mary Kaye Anderson is the Director of MTSU Counseling & Testing Services.
  • Vickie Harden is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work. She has extensive experience in community behavioral health. Her research focus is related to rural health disparities, particularly related to mental health and addiction.
  • Lisa Schrader, MPH, CHES, is a Health Educator through MTSU Student Health Services. She provides programming and consultation to MTSU student groups on a variety of health topics. She also supervises Health Services' peer education group, and the Raider Health Corps.
  • Robin Lee is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and faculty member in the Professional Counseling program at Middle Tennessee State University, specializing in clinical mental health counseling. She serves as the Director of the MTSU Center for Counseling and Psychological Services and serves as the Professional Counseling Program Coordinator.
  • Hilary Miller is Director of the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center and is an active member of the Murfreesboro and Middle Tennessee State University communities. Her primary professional focus is helping military-connected students make the transition into college.
  • Dr. William Langston is a professor in the psychology department.  He also serves as Academic Advisor for MTSU Lambda Association (MTSU’s only all-inclusive LGBT+ student organization and the oldest continuously active LGBT+ student organization in Tennessee). Dr. Langston is also a Safe Zone trainer for MTSU. 


Helpful Links & Resources:

 Mental Health First Aid USA

 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

 Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


 Campus Service Providers:

MTSU Counseling and Testing Center

 MTSU Center for Counseling and Psychological Services

 MTSU Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center

 MTSU Student Health Services


MTSU Mental Health First Aid Community Partners

Click HERE for a list of MHFA Community Partners

MTSU MHFA Community Partners are agencies providing mental health and/or substance abuse services who have committed to partnering with the MTSU Mental Health First Aid program by assisting students referred and collecting limited referral data for grant-related purposes. Inclusion of a community partner on this list does not constitute an endorsement by MTSU or MTSU CHHS.

 If your agency is interested in becoming a partner with MTSU Mental Health First Aid, click HERE.





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