About Mental Health First Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education program that teaches the skills to respond to the signs of mental health issues and connect people with care. The training is open to anyone looking to learn how to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors and others cope with mental health crises or emotional distress. MHFA is particularly useful for:

  • Medical staff (including doctors, nurses, home health aides, social workers, and others);
  • Mental health care providers;
  • Nursing Home staff;
  • Call center operators;
  • Law enforcement;
  • School personnel;
  • Those with a history of mental illness in their family;
  • And many more.


Evidence shows that the one day training program:

  • Improves people’s mental health,
  • Increases understanding of mental health issues and treatments,
  • Connects more people with care,
  • Reduces stigma.


MHFA has been approved by The National Council for Behavioral Healthcare, a national organization that certifies MHFA trainers and ensures that programs are supported by empirical evidence.