Get Certified in Mental Health First Aid! Grow Your Skills as a Helper.

The Youth Advisory Board of NOLA CYPB invites you to become certified in Mental Health First Aid!

Register for a free, four-hour interactive training session delivered by expert trainers from Metropolitan Human Services District (MHSD)! 
Current Trainings:

MHFA Training for New Orleans Youth, Ages 18-24 —> Register here!

  • Sat. Nov. 4, 10am-3pm | Location TBD
  • Registration Deadline: Thurs. Oct. 12
  • Lunch + refreshments provided for participants

What is Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training?

Developed by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches you how to assist and support others who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.

Certified trainers teach the skills needed to recognize and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges, as well as how to provide initial support until they are connected to the appropriate care.

What It Covers:

  • How to engage in conversations with each other about mental health and substance use.
  • Common signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges.
  • How to connect a person to help.

Why Get Mental Health First Aid Certified?

Evidence has demonstrated that successfully completing a MHFA certification increases mental health literacy, increases confidence in reaching out to someone showing signs and symptoms of a mental health challenge, increases awareness of mental health resources within your own community and how to connect people to them, and decreases the First Aider’s distress in responding to crisis and non-crisis situations.

  • Learn more about Mental Health First Aid and its impact at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing’s website:
  • Learn more about the Youth Master Plan and how to share your alignment story at