Mental Health First Aid Trainings: Course Information

Mental Health First Aid teaches New Yorkers the skills needed to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges and crises. The City is aiming to providing training to 250,000 New Yorkers.

A Mental Health First Aid training will teach you how to use a five-step action plan to help someone who needs urgent intervention. That includes people who are:

  • Having a panic attack
  • Suicidal
  • Suffering from a drug overdose

Our trainings provide you with the opportunity to both learn and practice an intervention strategy. This will help you be prepared for real-life situations. Everyone who completes a training will receive a digital certificate that is valid for three years.

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Training Modules

The following training modules are focused on showing you how to help people in specific age groups:

  • Youth Module: This course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents ages 12 to 18. Participants learn how to identify and address common mental health challenges for youth.

  • Adult Module: This course shows you how to help people who are 18 years or older and showing signs of a mental illness or emotional crisis.

  • Older Adults Module: This course shows you how to address issues that are specific to older adults. Those issues include late onset mental health disorders that are often undiagnosed, such as anxiety and depression.

The following courses are specifically designed for people who are most likely to require Mental Health First Aid training.

  • Higher Education Module: This course can show you how to help college and university students through common mental illnesses and substance use challenges. It is intended for teachers and staff, as well as students and their families.

  • Public Safety Module: This course is intended for first responders and other public safety professionals.

  • Veterans and Military Families Module: This course is designed for veterans, family members of veterans and people who work with military personnel and their families.

More Details

  • Time: Trainings usually last eight hours, taking place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Cancellations: If you registered for a training but cannot attend, please cancel the registration by clicking on the link in the confirmation email you received after registering.

  • Group Registration: If you would like to register several people from an organization or community, complete this online form.

  • Non-English Courses: Trainings are available in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Urdu, Korean, Arabic, Haitian Creole and Bangla. To request a training in one of these languages, email MHFA@health.nyc.gov.

For more information about Mental Health First Aid, email MHFA@health.nyc.gov.