Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

There are several different modules of MHFA available depending on the audience requesting the training.

The Adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem.

Underneath the Adult MHFA course, there are also some designated modules geared to very specific audiences:  

  • Public safety (Law Enforcement, Correction, Public Safety)
  • Higher education
  • Military families (Veterans, Service Members and their Families)
  • Rural audiences
  • Fire/EMS
  • Older Adults
  • Health Care (Nursing Staff, Pharmacy Staff)
  • Faith and Spiritual Communities

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

All MHFA trainings are mandatorily 8 hours long. Any one of these can be delivered in one 8-hour session or 2 4-hour sessions. Upon successful completion, you will receive a three-year certification as a Mental Health First Aider.

teen Mental Health First Aid is being piloted and not yet available to general populations. teen Mental Health First Aid (teen MHFA), a new initiative of Mental Health First Aid International, is a 3 × 75 min classroom-based training program for students aged 15-18 years. It is taught in schools, youth groups, and other youth settings.  It may only be taught in a setting where a staff member is already trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid to provide oversight and guidance.  We will keep you updated on the status as this training becomes available in the community.

NAMI NH has staff members trained in each of these modules.  If you have questions, concerns or would like to schedule a training, please contact Susan Allen-Samuel at or 603-225-5359 extension 328 for more details.

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