Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training

Registration for this training closed on 9/5/2023.



Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an international public awareness curriculum that works to destigmatize conversations around mental health while providing a tangible action plan for participants to address crisis and non-crisis mental health situations – much like CPR/first aid supports physical health situations. MHFA is proven to increase the likelihood of bystander helping behaviors, but also increases the learners own mental health literacy.

Youth MHFA is specifically designed for adults who assist youth ages 10-18 years old and is great for parents, school staff, officers, and other community members who work with children and adolescents. Interested in bringing MHFA to your organization or community by becoming a certified instructor? The virtual, multi-day instructor training uses the train-the-trainer model and prepares you to teach MHFA classes. 

Tuition Includes:
  • Physical materials and teaching kit
  • 8-hours of self-paced prework
  • 3-days of live, online instruction
  • Postwork with optional self-paced module for in-person instruction
  • Ongoing instructor support through the Mental Health Association of Maryland
Please note:
  1. Starting August 1st, 2023 it will be REQUIRED that a candidate attends a Mental Health First Aid class prior to enrolling in instructor training. This class can be the youth or adult curriculum and must have taken place in the past 3 years.
  2. That all instructors are required to conduct classes in alignment to the National Council for Mental Wellbeing standards of fidelity. Instructors are required to teach three times per year to maintain their certification.
  3. Attendance in class does not guarantee successful completion of the training program. An unsatisfactory score during Day 3 Teachback Presentations may result in provisional or non-certified status.
  4. If candidates miss more than 45-minutes of instruction, they cannot be certified.
  5. A Mental Health First Aid class contains 5-6 hours of content, not including breaks. This will require instructor candidates to study and practice the materials beyond the 3-day instructor training. To become proficient in teaching, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing recommends an extra 40-hours of review prior to teaching. This time commitment may differ between instructors, but please keep this in mind as you move forward with this training.
  6. While there are no additional fees associated with staying accredited to teach Mental Health First Aid, there is a per participant cost of materials for each class. This fee varies from $19-30 depending on delivery method (virtual, blended, or in-person). MHAMD does not provide grant funding to offset these costs.

MHFA Instructor Training is valued at $2,200 across the country and is available for Marylanders at a subsidized cost of $1500.

By becoming a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, you will be qualified to teach this curriculum anywhere in the country. The Mental Health Association of Maryland occasionally provides teaching opportunities to active instructors, but ultimately instructors are being trained to conduct classes independently throughout their communities.

If you have questions about the curriculum or training program, please email Capacity for each training is limited.


Tuesday, Sep 19th, 2023 – Thursday, Sep 21st, 2023 9:00 am - 4:00 pm



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