Mental Health First Aid Registration

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
  • 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.

How virtual MHFA works:

  • BEFORE class: participants will be sent a link inviting them to log in to the Learning Management System (LM) to complete self-paced pre-work. This must be completed 24 hours prior to the Virtual Instructor-led portion.
  • DURING class: 6.5 hours of interactive instructor-led virtual class (including breaks). You will need access to a computer/tablet with working audio and camera.
  • AFTER class: participants take a short survey and then receive an official MHFA certified which is valid for three years.

WEATHER POLICY: Due to the virtual nature of current classes, if there is school closing, unscheduled leave or a delayed opening, all classes will still be held. If a class needs to be cancelled, the instructor will contact the participants directly via email.

In addition to courses that are available for individual enrollment, you can also request a customized group Mental Health First Aid course.

For individual enrollment, please select the training you would like to attend:

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Attendance Fee: $25.00

Youth Virtual Mental Health First Aid (1 day)

This interactive certification course for adults working with youth introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health challenges, builds understanding of their impact and gives an overview of common treatments for youth.

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1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Attendance Fee: $25.00

Adult Virtual Mental Health First Aid (2-day)

This interactive certification course introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and gives an overview of common treatments. The course is taught over two half-day sessions and you must attend both sessions to receive certification.

Course, VA

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To request this information in an alternate format, please call 703-324-7000, TTY 711.
If you have further questions about Mental Health First Aid, please contact our Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention office.

Please click on the "Continue" button above to review your registration prior to registering.
If you have any questions about your registration, please contact CSB's WHPP staff.