Choose the MHFA course that's right for you.

Just like physical First Aid and CPR, which offer special trainings like Child & Infant CPR and Wilderness First Aid, Mental Health First Aid has tailored the curriculum to meet a few specific needs. These modules supplement the primary adult or youth curriculum, and don’t leave out any material from the regular class.  In choosing a Mental Health First Aid class, think about the people with whom you interact the most. Are they older adults, struggling with depression or dementia? Are they students in your high school class? Are they first responders, dealing with day-to-day crises in your community?

For most community members, the Adult MHFA class is the most appropriate. For parents and adults who interact with youth, Youth MHFA is the best option. For others, see our guide below.

Higher Education

College and graduate school can be intensely stressful, no doubt about it. For many, the school presents the challenge of living on one’s own for the first time, in addition to academic stress. This module is tailored to the needs of RAs, University staff, and students themselves.

Older Adults

Cognitive decline isn’t the only brain health challenge affecting older adults- depression and anxiety occur among seniors as well. If you serve or care for older adults, this module is for you!

Law Enforcement, Corrections, & Public Safety

Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety is an eight-hour course specially designed for police officers, first responders, corrections officers and other public safety professionals, helping them better understand mental illnesses and addictions and providing them with effective response options to deescalate incidents without compromising safety.

Rural Communities

Access to services in remote rural and frontier counties can be logistically challenging- not to mention the challenge of fighting stigma in a small town where everyone knows your business! This MHFA class matches the strengths of rural communities with their unique barriers to accessing care.


Both the Adult and Youth Mental Health Frist Aid courses are offered in Spanish. There is no additional content in these modules.

Military Members, Veterans & Their Families

Honoring our active duty and veteran military service members includes making sure they have access to mental health services and support when they return home. Veteran MHFA is designed to equip military members and their families with the tools they need to recognize mental health challenges and access services in their communities.