Mental Health First Aid

Become Certified in Mental Health First Aid 

Join more than 30,000 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
Adult Eastpointe; Rocky Mount March 27-31, 2017 Feb. 17, 2017



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

North Carolina has nearly 450 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.

*ALGEE is the mnemonic device or learning technique that aids in retaining the information learned in MHFA.
Assess for risk of suicide or harm
Listen nonjudgmentally
Give reassurance and information
Encourage appropriate professional help
Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Mental Health First Aid in the News

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NC holds first statewide Instructors Summit

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DHHS Launches Youth Mental Health First Aid to Address Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Issues


“Thank you so much for the fantastic training this week. I never imagined that later in the day I would be using the training! I had a situation with a resident who had a boyfriend who was intending on harming himself, via text! I walked her through the ALGEE* action plan steps on the phone and she was able to relay the information until help arrived! Which, by the way, was the crisis team at Cardinal! I have done this work a long time and knew that I had the skills necessary for support, but after your training felt even more confident in the delivery! Thank you for making HOPE happen for so many! – Debbie O’Handley, Executive Director with Hope House Foundation, Mecklenburg County.

“Unfortunately, I was in a situation tonight which called upon my new skills. I was volunteering at an event when an agitated, unwell person became disruptive and refusing to leave the premises. I was able to stay calm (and keep the other event staff calm), calm him down using the MHFA skills, and prevent any escalation or physical altercations. Police trained in crisis intervention needed to be involved and thankfully no one was hurt in the meantime. So I want to thank you very much for providing this class and teaching it so well. I don’t think that I would have been able to diffuse the situation effectively before this training. I’m so glad this resource is available.” – Natalia P.