Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
Adult Curriculum (click the date to sign up)
Jan. 21 – (course closed)
Jan. 25 – (course closed)
Feb. 3 – (course closed)
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CEUs: Eight (8) clock hours — none for ethics — offered for LPC, SW, and LCDC students.
Virtual MHFA Courses – Frequently Asked Questions
Question – How is the virtual different from the fully in-person class?
The virtual option consists of 2 parts: the online self-paced prework and the “in-person” instructor-led virtual class.
Question – How do you access the prework?
It is accessed through the online Learning Management System (LMS) called Cornerstone. You will receive instructions on logging in and starting the prework once you have been registered for the class.
The prework takes approximately 2 hours and must be completed prior to the instructor-led virtual class. If the prework is not completed, the participant will not be able to attend the virtual portion and will not be able to receive certification.
Question – How long is the instructor-led virtual portion of the class?
The instructor-led virtual portion takes approximately 4.5 hours for Youth MHFA and 5 hours for Adult MHFA.
Question – Is a webcam required for the virtual portion?
Yes. Because this is considered an in-person training and is interactive, the participants need to have access to a webcam and be willing to leave the video on throughout the duration of the class. This is due to a requirement that the instructors be able to verify in-person attendance, and if the instructor cannot see you, they cannot verify attendance. Also, this class covers topics that can bring up tender emotions and the instructors need to be able to ensure that the participants are okay.
It is recommended that you access the internet using ethernet/landline as opposed to WiFi due to potential connectivity issues.
Question – How do participants access the instructor-led virtual class?
You will access the virtual class through the LMS system. There will be a place that will prompt you to launch the Zoom meeting.
Question – Do I have to register in advance for the virtual class?
Yes. The participants will be required to register in advance. The participants must be entered into the LMS system and assigned to the class in advance so that the participants can log in and complete the prework. This process can take time (and sometimes computer systems have technical difficulties), so unfortunately last-minute registrations cannot be accommodated.
Why Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)?
Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack—we’d start CPR, or at the very least, call 9-1-1. But too few of us would know how to respond if we saw someone having a panic attack or if we were concerned that a friend or co-worker might be showing signs of alcoholism.
Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder.
What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Mental Health First Aid is a live training course, which uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect persons to professional, peer and social supports as well as self-help resources.
Mental Health First Aid allows for early detection and intervention by teaching participants about the signs and symptoms of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and addictions. The program offers concrete tools and answers key questions like “What can I do?” and “Where can someone find help?” Participants are introduced to local mental health professionals and resources, national organizations, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support.
Mental Health First Aid demystifies mental illnesses and gives participants the capacity to obtain, process, and understand the health information and services needed to make appropriate decisions and seek care. Read more about the program in our latest edition of National Council Magazine.
Reach and Audiences
More than 1 million people across the United States have been trained in Mental Health First Aid by a dedicated base of more than 12,000 Instructors.
Mental Health First Aid has been taught to a variety of audiences, including: health, human services, and social workers; employers and business leaders; faith community leaders; college and university staff and faculty; law enforcement and public safety officials; veterans and family members; persons with mental illness-addictions and their families; and the general public. New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and other major cities and counties have adopted Mental Health First Aid as a proven strategy to engender healthier communities by training large groups of public health and public safety workers, government and social services staff, and other caring citizens.