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Mental Health First Aid Trainings

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

You can sign up to take a training course that fits your schedule, or schedule a training for a group of people.

Courses are available in English, Spanish and Mandarin. For trainings in other languages, or to request a course that is not currently available on our registration page, email us at

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