Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)


Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based 8-hour training that helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health-related issue or crisis. Just as CPR helps assist an individual having a heart attack — even with no clinical training — this training teaches you how to help someone experiencing a challenge or crisis. 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.

Register for Ohio Mental Health First Aid Courses

Register for Northern Kentucky Mental Health First Aid Courses


Are you a First Responder, veteran, or active military member in Ohio or Northern Kentucky?  If so, you qualify for a no-cost MHFA training funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OHMAS) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  For more information, contact

Washington, D.C. (May 1, 2023)  In a ceremony held at the Mental Health First Aid Summit in Los Angeles, California, on April 30, 2023, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing recognized Rare Beauty, California State University, Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio, Yulanda Prude, Marisa Vicere, Michael Rhinehart and Stephanie Hartman for their outstanding contributions to advancing MHFA’s reach across the country.

The MHFA Impact Awards — Organization of the Year, Partnership of the Year, Momentum Award, Instructor of the Year, and Coordinator of the Year — recognize organizations and individuals who have been exceptional in promoting MHFA’s mission to support people of all ages and backgrounds who may be experiencing mental health and substance use challenges through education and peer-support.

*Mental Health First Aid USA is a trademarked name and is coordinated by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.