Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

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How Will Taking MHFA Help You?

    • Improves your ability to identify when someone might be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge, including thoughts of suicide.
    • Helps you understand the need for early intervention for better resiliency & recovery.
    • Empowers you with a 5-step action plan to respond confidently to those in need

4 Reasons To Be Certified In Mental Health First Aid

Be Prepared

When a mental health challenge or crisis happens, know what to do.

You Can Help

People who are struggling often suffer alone. Learning more decreases stigma and discrimination.

Mental Illness is Common

1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 youth struggle in any given year. Lifetime prevalence is 1 in 2.

You Care

Learn strategies to provide support for those you know who may be suffering.



MHFA is a skills-based training that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the tools you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. Now includes updated information to address the rise of overdoses stemming from the opioid crisis.

In any given year, millions of Americans experience a mental health condition. Less than 50% of them get the help they need. You can make a difference!

Who should take it:

  • Employers, supervisors and HR professionals
  • Crisis response workers
  • Medical professionals
  • Family support workers
  • Assisted Living or care home staff
  • Veteran’s support staff
  • Municipal Transportation staff
  • Hospitality staff
  • Faith leaders
  • Community members
  • Everyone!



This world-wide, evidence-based course teaches parents and adults who work with youth how to identify, understand and respond to signs of developing mental illness and substance use in youth. This training provides the necessary skills to reach out, provide initial support, and help connect youth to appropriate care and/or resources. It reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs common with youth, and emphasizes the importance of early intervention.

Lifetime prevalence is 1 out of 2 for developing a mental illness or addiction. 50% of all mental illnesses begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24. Prevention and early intervention is key!

Who should take it:

  • Administrators, teachers, counselors & other school staff
  • Coaches & club advisors
  • School Resource Officers and Campus Security Officers
  • Youth group leaders
  • Youth-serving agency staff
  • Students 18 and older
  • Resident advisors
  • Pediatricians and other medical staff caring for youth
  • Parents and guardians, including foster and adoptive
  • Anyone who wants to make a difference in young people’s lives!


Participants will complete a 2-hour self-paced online class, and then participate in a 6-hour, instructor-led group on Zoom

Blended: Participants will complete a 2-hour self-paced online class, and then participate in a 6-hour, in-person instructor-led class

In-person: Participants will receive their training as an 8-hour, instructor-led class

All instructor-led portions can be provided in a one or two day format

Training Rate: $149 per participant 

Audience-specific courses now available tailored to the unique experiences and needs of the following groups:







What People are Saying

“This (ADULT MHFA) was a great training and I learned many new skills to use at work and in my personal life. Thank you Marcia!”

Jeri Butler

Shasta County Senior Public Health Assistant

Just like the lotus, we too have the ability to rise from the mud,
bloom out of the darkness, and radiate into the world.

If you are in crisis, please contact:

Free 24/7 Crisis Support

Text HOME to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)