Mental Health First Aid Initiative (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid® Maryland is a public education national certification course designed to teach individuals, professionals, businesses, and community members the skills necessary to respond with care and genuine support to an individual experiencing a mental health or substance use concern or crisis. Mental health problems are common and, with the right help, wellness and recovery are possible. Since its inception, over 80,000 Mental Health First Aiders have been trained—creating more caring, safe, and supportive communities throughout Maryland.

The Mental Health Association of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Behavioral Health have been part of Mental Health First Aid USA since the program’s inception. We partnered with the National Council for Behavioral Health and the Missouri Department of Health to found this national certification program. Now, over 40,000 Mental Health First Aiders and over 800 Mental Health First Aid Instructors have been trained across the state of Maryland. Imagine the impact!

Successful completion of the 8-hour course gives participants a nationally recognized certification from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing (NCMW) where participants will:

  • Increase their mental health literacy
  • Increase their confidence in providing support to someone in distress
  • Increase their knowledge of professional and self-help resources
  • Decrease stigma associated with mental health concerns and responses

To learn more about Mental Health First Aid, visit MHAMD’s website:




Request a Class for Your Organization

Do you want to bring Mental Health First Aid to your Fire/EMS community or organization, free of cost? Are you interested in having a class held virtually or in-person for up to 30 participants? Submit a request for training here:

Join an Upcoming Class

MHAMD is hosting fully virtual Mental Health First Aid classes for first responders in Maryland. Classes are open now! Register on Eventbrite here:




If you have any questions regarding this initiative, please reach out to:

Indu Radhakrishnan

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