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Become an Instructor

Instructors help to spread Mental Health First Aid across the country. Instructors are individuals certified to teach the 8-hour course. Most instructors teach the course in their communities.

Reasons to become a Mental Health First Aid Instructor

 Connect
Bring your community together
 Advocate
Reduce negative attitudes about mental illnesses
 Educate
Build mental health literacy
 Lead
Show others how they can help

What Instructors Do

become-an-instructorInstructors are on the frontlines of the program and help to train people in their communities in Mental Health First Aid. Certified instructors are required to teach the course at least three times per year. Instructors teach from a national curriculum, tailor discussions to their participants, and compile a list of local resources for help.

The Role of An Instructor


Instructors are on the frontlines of the program and the key link to Mental Health First Aid training…”


How to Get Certified as an Instructor

Instructor certification results from a 5-day training that presents the Mental Health First Aid 8-hour course and provides in-depth instruction on facilitating the course. The training includes a written exam and evaluates each candidate’s ability to present the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course to a variety of audiences. Get certified to teach the adult or youth curriculum, or both.

Certification Process


Continuing Education

The 5-day adult instructor training certification program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886615104-1416) for 32 social work continuing education contact hours. The instructor training is also approved by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, for 32.0 CEUs. Additional continuing education opportunities are pending.

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Who Trains Instructors?

Mental Health First Aid USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Only these three authorities can train and certify instructors. Our experienced trainers are designated to instructor trainings offered across the country at select dates and times or in response to custom arrangements.

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