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NO-COST Mental Health First Aid® Trainings in Philadelphia

Sponsored by the City of Philadelphia, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services. 

Similar to CPR, aiders learn basic skills to help another person in need of support. Mental Health First Aid teaches how to assist a person who may be struggling with mental health or addiction challenges, and what to do if the person you are helping is in crisis.   

Research shows that people are more likely to assist another person after this training, and more likely to recommended treatment resources.This training has also shown to decrease stigma toward people with behavioral health challenges.  

All class participants leave this one day course with a comprehensive manual, and a three-year national certification as a Mental Health First Aider. (The course is also taught as two half-days.) 

Questions? Please email: or call (215) 685-3755




Mental Health First Aid trainings during the pandemic:


At this time, September 2020 Training Are Cancelled

The National Council for Behavioral Health and the Philadelphia Mental Health First Aid Unit are working diligently to provide a virtual, web-based training that we can present to our communities.  We understand that in this difficult time, many communities and organizations are looking for very specific ways to help individuals heal and recover as we go through the COVID-19 crisis.  We ask that, in this time of transition, you are patient with us as we prepare our staff and vamp up our technology so that we may be able to bring you the best virtual training experience possible.  We are hopeful that we will conduct in-person trainings in the future, provided we are in compliance with the CDC guidelines.

at the suggestion of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. We encourage all participants previously scheduled for a cancelled training, to register for a class in the future that best fits their schedule. As more information is received, we will make every attempt to notify all participants of future training cancellations.



If you would like to be added to our listserve to receive updates on the virtual MHFA course and/or when in-person sessions will resume, please click on the link below.


Thank you for your patience and understanding and we hope to bring you the virtual Mental Health First Aid training soon!  Please remember to stay safe, stay healthy and stay home.

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