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Instructor Role

Only certified instructors can teach the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course to the public. Instructors may organize courses in their communities and may charge a fee. They must provide Mental Health First Aid USA participant manuals to all those who attend the course. Certified instructors are listed here — find instructors in your community.


What Instructors Do

lindenoaks instructorThe primary role of instructors is to teach the Mental Health First Aid course. When they offer the course, instructors must teach the full 8-hour course with fidelity to the core program model and key messages. Each instructor has a set of materials to help guide them through course facilitation.

To teach a course, certified instructors must order manuals for all their participants, prepare course materials (available on the instructor website), compile local resources, and provide participant evaluations to Mental Health First Aid USA after the course. Instructors typically team up with another certified instructor to teach the course, but may also teach on their own.

Putting on a course involves much more than just showing up and teaching it. Instructors frequently have organizational support to help them with other tasks related to the program such as:

  • Strategic planning (e.g., creating business plans, forming community partnerships, outreach)
  • Setting a course schedule
  • Setting and collecting course fees
  • Marketing and media outreach
  • Course registration
  • Event planning (e.g., catering, logistics)
  • Seeking grants
  • Evaluation and analysis of program’s success

Who They Teach

Certified instructors may teach the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course to any interested audiences in their community. Those trained include:

  • Educators and school administrators
  • Human resources professionals
  • Members of faith communities
  • Homeless shelter workers
  • Health and human services workers
  • Nurses/physician assistants/primary care workers
  • Police, first responders and security personnel
  • Mental health authorities
  • Policymakers
  • Substance abuse treatment professionals
  • Social workers
  • Persons with mental illness/addictions and their families
  • Caring citizens

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