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Youth Mental Health First Aid: Instructor Certification Training

Mental Health First Aid

The instructor certification training, an expedited 3-day training, will be conducted by the National Council for Behavioral Health, who manages Mental Health First Aid in the United States. Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  The new instructors will be certified to teach the 8-hour program to a variety of audiences, ranging from parents, faith-based youth leaders, clergy, government workers, teachers, and many more.

More than 9,000 instructors have already been certified by MHFA-USA in all 50 states. Instructors come from a variety of backgrounds, including behavioral healthcare, law enforcement and public safety, universities, faith communities, and primary care. 

Included on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices, studies show that training in Mental Health First Aid builds confidence in helping an individual experiencing a mental health challenge, reduces negative or distancing attitudes toward individuals with mental illnesses, and increases mental health literacy – being able to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. 


The training in Youth Mental Health First Aid is made possible by the Boone County Schools through a three- year grant from SAMHSA Project AWARE. To become an instructor in Youth Mental Health First Aid contact: nicole.sofranko@boone.kyschools.us


The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations. Together with our 2,500 member organizations, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — the more than eight million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life. The National Council pioneered Mental Health First Aid in the U.S. and has trained more than 500,000 individuals to connect youth and adults in need to mental health and addictions care in their communities.

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