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Mental Health First Aid Trainings

Trainings Suspended Through 2020

Due to COVID-19, we will not hold Mental Health First Aid Trainings in 2020. Check back on this page later this year for updated information about trainings in 2021.


Mental Health First Aid trainings provide proven practices that will help you recognize the early signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance misuse. You will learn how to listen without judgement, and respond to and help someone in distress until they can get the professional care they may need.

The free eight-hour training is available for all New Yorkers as part of the City’s ThriveNYC Initiative.

Training Courses

After completing the training, you receive a three-year certification in Mental Health First Aid.

Each course lasts eight hours. Trainings are scheduled regularly in all five boroughs, even on weekends.

There are a variety of courses available with different focuses (some courses may only be available upon request):

  • Adults
  • Youth
  • Veterans
  • Older Adults
  • Higher Education
  • Public Safety

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