Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based public education curriculum that teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adults. Instructor candidates attend a muti-day training which prepares them to teach the Mental Health First Aid class.
- It is HIGHLY recommended that a candidate attends a Mental Health First Aid class prior to enrolling in instructor training.
- That all instructors are required to conduct classes in alignment to the National Council for Mental Wellbeing standards of fidelity. Instructors are required to teach three times per year to maintain their certification.
- Attendance in class does not guarantee successful completion of the training program. An unsatisfactory score during Day 3 Teachback Presentations may result in provisional or non-certified status.
- If candidates miss more than 45-minutes of instruction, they cannot be certified.
- A Mental Health First Aid class contains 5-6 hours of content, not including breaks. This will require instructor candidates to study and practice the materials beyond the 3-day instructor training. To become proficient in teaching, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing recommends an extra 40-hours of review prior to teaching. This time commitment may differ between instructors, but please keep this in mind as you move forward with this training.
- While there are no additional fees associated with staying accredited to teach Mental Health First Aid, there is a per participant cost of materials for each class. This material cost is covered by the initiative/grant outlined below through June 2025, but is important to take note if you would like to teach outside of the campus initiative.
The Mental Health Association of Maryland, in collaboration with Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, has launched a four-year initiative to train thousands of students, faculty, and staff across each campus in MHFA. Throughout the life of this initiative, each campus will develop a robust cohort of instructors to teach alongside a steering committee to help build a sustainable, long-term program unique to each school.
We ask that those who are interested in becoming trained to have both the capacity and passion to teach this curriculum throughout the initiative (2025) and beyond. The Mental Health Association of Maryland will provide ongoing support to instructors who are teaching for the HBCU MHFA Initiative with registration logistics, coaching, and co-instruction support. Read 2022 Press Release Here Space in this training is very limited.
Visit Mental Health First Aid Maryland MHFAMaryland.org/HBCU to learn more and register for the training. You can also email Leah Bentfield at LBentfield@mhamd.org to connect with instructors that are already on campus.
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