Mental Health First Aid

Become Certified in Mental Health First Aid 

Join more than 35,000 North Carolinians certified in Mental Health First Aid.
Find a course near you.

Become an Instructor 

DHHS is pleased to sponsor the upcoming Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training Sessions. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an Adult or Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor in North Carolina please see the information and applications below. When applying, please only return the application.

NC Mental Health First Aid Instructor Application Instructions (January 2017)
NC Mental Health First Aid Instructor Application (January 2017)

Type Location Dates Application Deadline



Partners Behavioral Health Management; Gastonia April 24-26, 2017 March 17, 2017

North Carolina has more than 500 certified instructors with many dually certified in the Youth and Adult curricula. Ongoing support for instructors is available through an active online learning community where instructors connect with others in their region, troubleshoot dilemmas and obtain and share resources with each other.

About the Program

Mental Health First Aid USA is managed, operated and disseminated by the National Council for Behavioral Health and Missouri Department of Mental Health. Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based curriculum that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in youth and adults. Research has shown that those trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others and are more likely to advise people to seek professional help.

Mental Health First Aid in the News

NC Showcased at National Mental Health First Aid Instructor Summit
DHHS Leaders Complete Mental Health First Aid Training
NC holds first statewide Instructors Summit
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