FAQs

How long is the Mental Health First Aid training? 

Adult

The Adult Mental Health First Aid curriculum includes 2 hours of online self-paced pre-work, which can be completed at any point after registration up to 2 full days before the start of the instructor led session. The instructor led session is an 8-hour day that includes a 15-minute morning break, a 30-minute lunch, and a 15-minute afternoon break. Typically, the instructor-led session starts at 8:30 A.M. ET and ends at 4:30 P.M. ET. Learners must also complete some follow-up work in order to receive their certificate. This generally takes about 30 minutes to complete and can be completed at any time following the instructor led session.   

Youth

The Youth MHFA curriculum includes 2 hours of online self-paced pre-work, which participants must complete before the class day, and then 6.5 hours of instructor led material including a short morning break, a 30-minute lunch, and a short afternoon break. Typically, the instructor-led session starts at 8:30 A.M ET and ends at 3:00 P.M. ET. Learners must also complete some follow-up work in order to receive their certificate. This generally takes about 30 minutes to complete and can be completed at any time following the instructor led session.

Teen

The Teen MHFA curriculum is only offered in-person and is done through an agreement with a school or other youth-serving organization. This training can be split into 3, 90 minute sessions or 6, 45 minutes sessions. Please contact Kea Norrell-Aitch at kea@msu.edu for further questions on the timing of this curriculum. 

How much does the Mental Health First Aid course cost? 

Adult Mental Health First Aid costs $45.00 per person.

Youth Mental Health First Aid- Virtual costs $36.00 per person.

Youth Mental Health First Aid- In-person costs $46.00 per person.

Teen Mental Health First Aid costs $46.00 per person. 

What is the cancellation policy?

For the Adult Mental Health First Aid course starting in May of 2022:

  • Cancel on or before the course's registration deadline - FULL REFUND of $45
  • Cancel after the course's registration deadline - NO REFUND
    • Failure to create a Connect account and complete the pre-work by 12 p.m. (noon) ET the Friday before the course without approval for an extension will result in cancellation.
    • Failure to attend at least 90% of the instructor-led session will result in cancellation. 

If Michigan State University Extension cancels the course due to low enrollment or instructor emergency, every registered individual will receive a full refund of $45.00.

Exceptions to this cancellation policy may be made at the discretion of the course instructors.

For the Youth Mental Health First Aid course:

  • For external partners, cancellation policies differ per the service agreement. 
  • For internal trainings, MSU employees can cancel up to 1 business day before the training begins.

For the Teen Mental Health First Aid course:

  • Cancellation policies will differ per the service agreement. 

What is the Connect learning system?

The Connect learning system is the website used by Mental Health First Aid USA and Youth Mental Health First Aid USA for learners to complete the self-paced portion of the course and access the instructor led session supplemental materials. Participants must create a Connect account in order to take the course. Participants will receive an invitation to create their Connect account shortly after registering in ANR Events. Access to your Connect account is part of your registration fee and learners will have access to their Connect account for the duration of their certification. You can find more information about accessing the Connect system in the ANR Events registration form. 

What is the pre-work on Connect?

Pre-work consists of approximately 2 hours of videos, short knowledge checks, and readings that help prepare the learner to successfully engage in the instructor led session. There are 9 modules in Connect that must be marked as complete by the deadline listed in a course's registration form. Complete pre-work is 69% completion in the Connect system

Pre-work does not have to be completed all at once. A learner's progress will be saved and work can be resumed at a later time. If a learner were to complete pre-work for one course and then move to a different course, the pre-work can be transferred in some circumstances. Ask your course instructors for more details.

The pre-work for Youth Mental Health First Aid and Adult Mental Health First Aid are different. If you are already certified in one, you must still complete the pre-work again for the other course.  

What is the Mental Health First Aid certification good for? 

Adult Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to respond appropriately to mental health challenges and crises observed in adult neighbors, coworkers, clients, family members, and strangers in everyday life similar to how a physical first aid/CPR course prepares learners to respond to physical health emergencies. Mental Health First Aid does not replace or supersede any professional degrees or workplace obligations. Mental Health First Aid is not counseling or therapy nor does it train learners to be counselors. Mental Health First Aid certification can be a good supplement to professional mental health training or be a stand-alone certification to improve one’s own mental health knowledge and skills to help other adults in their community and social networks.  

Youth Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to respond appropriately to mental health challenges and crises observed in any youth 12-18 years old they may know or encounter, similar to how a physical first aid/CPR course prepares learners to respond to physical health emergencies. Youth Mental Health First Aid does not replace or supersede any professional degrees or workplace obligations. Youth Mental Health First Aid is not counseling or therapy nor does it train learners to be youth counselors. Youth Mental Health First Aid certification can be a good supplement to professional mental health training or be a stand-alone certification to improve one’s own mental health knowledge and skills to help youth in their community and social networks.

Teen Mental Health First Aid prepares teenagers (15-18) to respond appropriately to mental health challenges and crises observed among their peers. There is an emphasis on knowing when a situation requires assistance from a trusted adult and how the teen can help their peer in the meantime. This program is only delivered in conjunction with adults that are trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid and are equipped to assist teens learning the curriculum. As with other versions of Mental Health First Aid, this training does not act as counseling or therapy for the teens participating.

How long does my certification last? 

Both Adult Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid certifications are valid 3 years from the date of certification. 

Teen Mental Health First Aid certification would last as long as the teen is still within the ages of 15-18. Once a teen turns 18, they are eligible for the Youth or Adult Mental Health First Aid courses. 

How do I access my certificate?

After completing the pre-work, attending the instructor led session, and completing a few post-work items in Connect, you are able to download your Mental Health First Aid certificate from Connect. In order for your certificate to be available, your course must be marked at 100% completion. 

I was certified before but my certification expired, how do I renew it? 

Both Adult Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid certifications can be renewed online through a self-paced course at Relias Academy, a partner of Mental Health First Aid USA, by visiting the following web address: https://reliasacademy.com/rls/mhfa/?utm_medium=cpc&campaignid=11816422312&adgroupid=114852871917&adid=485447941148&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkfXvmt6O9QIVMf7jBx3MLwI6EAAYASAAEgIZzfD_BwE

The above link to Relias Academy is not associated with Michigan State University Extension and Michigan State University Extension does not receive credit for renewed certifications achieved through Relias Academy or payments from Relias Academy for Mental Health First Aid re-certification courses. 

Previously certified Mental Health First Aiders (both Youth and Adult) are allowed to take the full course for re-certification as well. The curriculum was most recently updated in 2020, so previous Mental Health First Aiders will notice changes in the curriculum. 

Do I have to sign up as part of a group or can I sign up individually? 

Michigan State University Extension is currently offering Adult Mental Health First Aid in open formats only, meaning that anyone from the community can sign-up. Trainings for specific groups (closed trainings) are not being offered currently. If you are part of a group or organization, we recommend signing up for courses early so that each of your members can attend the classes desired. 

Youth and Teen Mental Health First Aid are currently being offered via closed courses through service agreements with organizations. If your organization is interested in Youth or Teen Mental Health First Aid training please contact Kea Norrell-Aitch at kea@msu.edu for information on setting up a training. 

Where can I find the course dates? 

Check the "Adult" tab on our website for Adult Mental Health First Aid course dates. You can also search Michigan State University Extension's Event page at the following link: https://www.canr.msu.edu/outreach/events 

Youth and Teen Mental Health First Aid are only being offered by arrangement with external organizations. If your organization would like to schedule a training with our team please contact Kea Norrell-Aitch at kea@msu.edu. If you are a community member not associated with an organization who would like to participate in Youth Mental Health First Aid, please visit Mental Health First Aid's "Find a Course" website to find an available, open training. This website can be accessed at the following link: https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/take-a-course/find-a-course/

Is the course offered online or in-person? 

Adult

At this time, Michigan State University Extension is only offering Adult Mental Health First Aid as 100% virtual (online) trainings through Zoom and the Connect learning system.  

Youth

Youth Mental Health First Aid is currently being offered either in a blended format (pre-work online through Connect learning system and instructor led day in-person) OR all virtual through Zoom and the Connect learning system. Course delivery format is decided based on the needs and wants of the organization and the availability of our instructors. 

Teen

Teen Mental Health First Aid is only offered in-person at this time but participants will still need access to the online Connect system for pre- and post-surveys as well as their certificate. 

What technology do I need to be able to complete the training? 

In order to successfully complete the Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid courses, you must have a device, such as a laptop, tablet, or desktop with a camera, that supports Zoom, has an Internet connection, working camera, working microphone, and working speakers. You must also have access to an email account for communication about your training.  

What if I can’t attend a full day of training? 

At this time, Michigan State University Extension is only offering Adult Mental Health First Aid in the format of the 2-hour online self-paced pre-work with a 1-day, 8-hour online instructor led session. We are unable to certify anyone that completes less than 90% of the instructor led session. This equates to missing no more than 40 minutes of instruction time. If you foresee needing to be away from the training for more than 40 minutes we ask that you select an alternative date when you are able to attend the full duration of the training. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid participants must attend at least 90% of their instructor-led time whether it be online or in-person. Ask your course instructor for more details. 

Teen Mental Health First Aid participants must attend all of the scheduled in-person sessions to receive their certificate. There will often be a make-up session scheduled for participants who miss a session. Ask your course instructor for more details. 

How big are the classes? 

Adult

Michigan State University Extension has a limit of 30 participants in our Adult Mental Health First Aid courses. Adult Mental Health First Aid courses will be canceled, with a full refund for participants, if there are 3 or less participants registered by the time registration closes. 

Youth

Michigan State University Extension has a limit of 30 participants in our Youth Mental Health First Aid courses. Youth Mental Health First Aid courses will be canceled if there are less than 10 participants registered. 

Teen

Michigan State University Extension has a limit of 30 participants in our Teen Mental Health First Aid courses. Teen Mental Health First Aid courses will be rescheduled if there are less than 5 participants in attendance.  

Do I have to be 18 years old to take the class? 

In order to take the Adult Mental Health First Aid or Youth Mental Health First Aid courses you must be 18 years old on or before the date of your training.

Teen Mental Health First Aid is offered to grades 10-12 or ages 15-18 years. 

Does this course offer accommodations for physical and/or learning disabilities? 

Michigan State University Extension prohibits discrimination in employment and program access and participation on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or veteran status. Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact person at least two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible. Please let us know how we can accommodate your physical and/or learning disability when filling out your registration form. Please email Cheryl Eschbach at cheryl@msu.edu for further questions on accommodations. 

Is Mental Health First Aid offered in any languages other than English? 

At this time, Michigan State University Extension does not offer Mental Health First Aid in any format in any language other than English. You can visit the Mental Health First Aid website at https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/take-a-course/ to find course offerings through other entities that may teach the Spanish version. Currently the U.S. curriculum of Mental Health First Aid is only offered in English and Spanish.