Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based 6-6.5 hour virtual classroom training combined with 2 hours of pre-work. Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack — even if you have no clinical training — this training helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

Since 2015, Mental Health America trained almost 10,000 people in Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid through grants from the Substance Abuse Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS), the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and the Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (KY-ASAP).  These grants are helping to make Mental Health First Aid as common as CPR.

To schedule a class for your Ohio group or organization, visit to get on the waiting list.  You will be contacted when funding becomes available to see if you qualify.

Learn more about MHFA by watching this short video from the Director of OhioMHAS, Laurie Criss:



*Mental Health First Aid USA is a trademarked name and is coordinated by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.