Mental Health First Aid Initiative (MHFA)

The Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD) is launching a series of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) certification courses to first responders, statewide. The 8-hour course is valued at $150 per person, and is being offered to first responders at no cost through funding provided by the Maryland Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Administration. The courses may be delivered in-person, virtually, or via a blended combination of both.

In 2023, MHAMD will sponsor training for up to 600 first responders in Maryland. Successful completion of the 8-hour course participants will enable participants to receive a nationally recognized certification from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing (NCMW). Participants will:

  • Increase their mental health literacy
  • Increase their confidence in providing support to someone in distress
  • Increase their knowledge of professional and self-help resources
  • Decrease stigma associated with mental health concerns and responses

To learn more about Mental Health First Aid, visit MHAMD’s website:


Request a Class for Your Organization

Do you want to bring Mental Health First Aid to your Fire/EMS community or organization, free of cost? Are you interested in having a class held virtually or in-person for up to 30 participants? Submit a request for training here:

Join an Upcoming Class

MHAMD is hosting fully virtual Mental Health First Aid classes for first responders in Maryland. Classes are open now! Register on Eventbrite here:




If you have any questions regarding this initiative, please reach out to:

Indu Radhakrishnan

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