Sometimes, first aid isn't a bandage, or CPR, or the Heimlich, or calling 911.
Sometimes, first aid is YOU!
Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them.
You are more likely to encounter someone experiencing a mental health crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches you the common warning signs and risk factors associated with mental health concerns, along with a five-step action plan to help someone in crisis.
Whether you are a first responder, teacher, faith community leader, parent, co-worker, or caring community member, these certification courses have information everyone can use.
Mental Health First Aid is now virtual. The overall course is eight (8) hours, which includes two (2) hours of self-paced prework and six (6) hours live virtual training.
- Virtual Adult Mental Health First Aid, in English (open enrollments coming soon)
- Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid, in English (open enrollments coming soon)
- You can also fill out our request form to set up a custom class for your group
The following courses are currently not available in person due to COVID-19: Mental Health First Aid for Higher Ed, Adult Mental Health First Aid in Spanish, Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults (for adults who live or work with older adults) and Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety. When these courses are available again, details will be posted here.
When registering, please be careful to select the correct course. There is a $25 materials fee for these courses. After you complete the online registration, you will receive an email confirmation which includes mailing information for where to send your payment. Checks payable to “Fairfax County Government”. Fees for custom classes will be determined after discussion. Scholarships may be available to those in need of financial assistance. Fairfax County Government employees may attend free of charge
Please note: If you have previously registered for a course, but do not see the course listed below, that means the course has since filled up. When a class becomes full, it no longer shows on this page. Please email us if you have a question about a previous registration.
CANCELATION POLICY: If Fairfax County declares Unscheduled Leave, the training will automatically be canceled and rescheduled at a later date.