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 offered virtual and in-person. The overall course is eight (8) hours, which will include a combination of self-paced pre-work and instructor led training.

  • Virtual Adult Mental Health First Aid, in English
  • Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid, in English
  • You can also fill out our request form to set up a custom class (virtual or in-person) for your group

When registering, please be careful to select the correct course. The course is free for residents of Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. For all others, 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, if necessary. Checks payable to “Fairfax County Government”. Fees for custom classes will be determined after discussion. 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 is now full. 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: 7 hours of interactive instructor-led class (including breaks). For all virtual courses, 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.

Virtual YOUTH Mental Health First Aid

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. The course is taught over one day and you must attend the full session to receive certification.


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9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Virtual Adult Mental Health First Aid- 2 day

This interactive 6.5-hour 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. Specifically, MHFA participants learn: Potential risk factors and warning signs for mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis, substance use disorders, and   self-injury.  An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities. Role-playing, simulations and other activities to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis, select interventions and provide initial help.  A 5-step action plan to help the individual in crisis connect with professional, peer, social and self-help care. The evidence-based professional, peer, social, and self-help resources   available to help someone with a mental health problem..


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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.