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.

From 2015-2018, Mental Health America trained almost 3500 people in Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid through grants from the Substance Abuse Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS). These grants are helping to make Mental Health First Aid as common as First Aid and CPR.

Currently, through the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OHMHAS), we have a project that allows attendees to get certified as Mental Health First Aiders at no cost:

The “Connecting All Ohioans to MHFA” Project to train 4000 individuals serving minorities, faith-based, elderly or youth 12 -21 by June 30, 2021. To schedule a class for your Ohio group or organization, visit or contact Tori Ivan

These grants are helping to make Mental Health First Aid as common as First Aid and CPR.

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



*Mental Health First Aid USA is a trademarked name and is coordinated by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health – we train and certify instructors to deliver the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course in your community.