This course focuses on mental health problems and first aid for youth ages 12-24. The information in this course is designed to be sensitive to the unique aspects of mental health problems in young people. The course is meant to assist education professionals, health providers, parents and other adults in the identification of mental health problems and appropriate first aid intervention strategies.
MHFA Adults who Interact with Youth is intended for an adult audience whose primary focus is youth (aged 14-25). In addition to the four most common disorders discussed in MHFA BASIC, this course includes instruction about eating disorders and deliberate self-injury. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with the young people in their lives, including at schools, extra-curricular activities, social services, family, friends, and communities.
Anyone who interacts with young people: teachers, counselors, social workers, law enforcement, coaches, family members, first responders, health care providers, community leaders, foster parents, babysitters.
After you have completed your Mental Health First Aid course, your instructor will submit the course roster to the Mental Health Commission (MHCC). MHCC will email you an invite link that includes a short survey and a request to provide your mailing address. Once MHCC receives this information, a certificate will be mailed to you. This process takes about 4-6 weeks.