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Mental Health First Aid Virtual Instruction

  • 1.  Mental Health First Aid Virtual Instruction

    National Council Staff
    Posted 05-12-2020 16:14
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    Dear Association Executives - Following up on the discussion during our weekly meeting this afternoon on responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, attached and below please information on upcoming Mental Health First Aid virtual instruction.

    The National Council is pleased to announce that you will soon have the option to teach Mental Health First Aid virtually. 

    As America practices physical distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19, we must find new ways to provide people with the tools to support themselves and their communities. The virtual delivery option will better equip family, friends and neighbors to help one another during these difficult times. 

    How it Works

    The new virtual delivery option includes a 2-hour self-paced course followed by 4 hours of Instructor led training delivered virtually through our learning management system (LMS

    What it will Include

    The course will use our new curricula, including expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care. Youth MHFA will include content applicable for adults working with youth experiencing other stressors, including the impact of social media. All content is gender neutral and culturally relevant.

    When it will be Available

    MHFA USA is currently piloting the program in communities across the country. Access to be trained in teaching the virtual course will be available to certified instructors at National Council member organizations beginning June 15th.

    How to Become Certified

    Existing Instructors will take 4 hours of self-paced courses. These courses will include information on using the LMS, best practices for virtual teaching, and an overview of the new curricula. Once they have completed the course work, the Instructors will take the self-paced potion of the new First Aider course. This will give them better understanding of the First Aiders' experience. Finally, they will participate in a live Q&A session with MHFA staff.


    Jeannie Campbell
    Executive Vice President
    National Council for Behavioral Health
    Direct: (202) 684-3726
    Mobile: (301) 379 6201

    Betsy Schwartz
    Vice President of Public Education and Special Initiatives
    National Council for Behavioral Health
    Direct: (202) 684-3752


    Neal Comstock
    Director of Membership
    National Council
    202 748-8793