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Applying to teen Mental Health First Aid: Information and Resources

teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) is a training program for teens brought to the United States by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing in partnership with Born This Way Foundation. It teaches teens in grades 10-12, or ages 15-18, how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among friends and peers. The training gives teens the skills to have supportive conversations with their friends and teaches them to get a responsible and trusted adult to take over as necessary.

tMHFA is available in both in-person and blended delivery modalities. Learn more about how tMHFA can benefit young people in your community.

  • In-person: All lessons are conducted in person. The in-person training can be delivered in six sessions of 45 minutes each or three sessions of 90 minutes each.
  • Blended: After completing six self-paced online courses, First Aiders will participate in six in-person, Instructor-led training sessions. Instructor-led sessions can take place either in-person or virtually.

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Become a tMHFA Site

Any school, youth-serving organization, or organization in partnership with a school that wants to bring tMHFA training to teens at their site can apply to become a tMHFA Site. Schools and organizations must be accepted to teach tMHFA.

If you are interested in bringing tMHFA to teens in your community, schedule a call with a member of our team to learn more about the requirements and begin your application.

Become a tMHFA Instructor

*Start here if you are a new tMHFA Instructor candidate interested in teaching tMHFA.

Instructors are on the frontlines of the program, training teens in their communities how to assess, respond and bring in a trusted adult if a peer seems to be having a mental health or substance use challenge. Instructors teach from a national curriculum, tailor discussions to their participants and compile a list of local resources for help. Instructor candidates can be certified to teach all three delivery modalities of the tMHFA course.

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing requires that adults who teach the tMHFA program to teens attend a tMHFA Instructor training to be certified in the curriculum.

This is a new 3-day tMHFA Instructor Training that certifies candidates to teach the in-person delivery model of the tMHFA course. After successfully completing this 3-day tMHFA Instructor training, Instructors may take a subsequent 1-day Instructor training to learn the blended tMHFA delivery models.

tMHFA-certified Instructors may only teach the program at approved tMHFA sites. Learn more about becoming a tMHFA site.

The tMHFA Instructor Application Process

  • Step 1: All tMHFA Instructor candidates must first register [INSERT LINK]
  • Step 3: After successfully attending and passing the 3-day tMHFA Instructor Training, Instructors are certified to teach the in-person delivery model of the tMHFA course! Instructor candidates will receive 125 manuals included with their tuition fee. Instructors may order additional manuals on the MHFA Storefront. Instructors are permitted to teach the course at approved tMHFA Sites with a signed Memorandum of Understanding with the National Council.
    • Certified tMHFA Instructors are also eligible to attend a subsequent 1-day tMHFA Blended/Virtual Instructor training to get certified to teach the blended/virtual model.
  • Step 4: To teach blended or virtual delivery models, Instructors must attend an additional 1-day tMHFA Instructor training at least one week after your initial 3-day Instructor training. This 1-day training certifies Instructors to teach the blended and virtual tMHFA delivery models.
    • You can register for this 1-day training by completing XX INSERT INFORMATION and selecting that you are an existing tMHFA Instructor. INSERT INFORMATION ON HOW TO REGISTER FOR 1-DAY COURSE

Bring tMHFA to Your Community

Parents, guardians and caregivers are encouraged to help bring tMHFA to their community and young people. Use these resources to advocate for tMHFA at your teens’ school or youth-serving organization:

  • tMHFA One-Page Overview: Facts, figures and details that explain the need for tMHFA.
  • tMHFA Brochure: Tips and resources to help you bring tMHFA to your school or youth-serving organization.


View this one-page overview for information about tMHFA pricing.

Additional Resources

Additional information and resources about tMHFA are available at no charge and include:

  • tMHFA One-page Overview: Facts, figures and details about tMHFA.
  • tMHFA Brochure: Tips and resources to help you bring tMHFA to your school or youth-serving organization.
  • tMHFA FAQs: Answers to frequently asked questions about tMHFA.
  • Self-Care Tips for Teens During COVID-19: A toolkit to help teens take care of their mental health during COVID-19.
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