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.
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.
*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.
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:
View this one-page overview for information about tMHFA pricing.
Additional information and resources about tMHFA are available at no charge and include: