Mental Health First Aid Training and Certification

Imagine this scenario:

One day, while walking your dog in the local park, you notice a neighbor up ahead on the trail. He has fallen and his leg is bleeding. What would you do?

You would use your cell phone to dial 9-1-1.   Then, while waiting for the emergency team to arrive, if you knew CPR or First Aid, you would try to save your neighbor or keep him comfortable until the ambulance actually got there.

Now, what if you could learn those same CPR-style skills to help someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis? 

Mental Health First Aid Training and Certification is an eight-hour training to teach you about the signs, symptoms and how to get help. It does not train you to diagnose or treat any mental health conditions.


Hear from the experts

Watch this video to learn more about Youth Mental Health First Aid and how it can help your school, police department, municipality, family or youth center .

Or listen to this NPR interview and profile on how all  police departments in Rhode Island are using this tool to help them work more effectively with those who have mental health issues.

The National Council for Behavioral Health helped to bring Mental Health First Aid to the U.S. in 2008, with the goal of making it as common as traditional First Aid and CPR are today.

Watch this video for a pre-taste of what this training is like.

Photo: Some of our new trainees at the YMCA North Shore. 

Mental Health First Aid and Lahey Health Behavioral Services

As the largest provider of mental health and substance use services north of Boston, we are proud to partner with this national program and, through our certified trainers, to be able to offer this eight-hour training and certification program to community organizations and businesses in greater Boston, on the North Shore and in the Merrimack Valley.

Who Takes This Training?

Teachers, guidance counselors, police departments, correctional officers, EMTs, librarians,  youth workers, families, healthcare workers and anybody who interacts with the public can take this interactive, movement-centric training.

At the end of the eight-hour session, each particpant receives a certificate and becomes part of the 1 million Americans who are “first aiders.”

Bring This Training To Your Organization

We can collaborate with you to schedule a Mental Health First Aid training. We are also happy to help you to develop a projected budget–or to collaborate with you to find organizational grant funding.

Call us at 978.968.1736 or email us.


Media Inquiries

We welcome the opportunity to work with the media.

Please note it is our policy that all media inquiries regarding any and all Lahey Health Behavioral Services must be made through the Department of Public Relations. Any representative from the media, including but not limited to film crews, reporters, producers, and photographers, must be accompanied by a representative from the Department of Public Relations.

While we must abide by federal HIPAA (patient privacy) laws, we will do everything we can to help you tell your story, meet your deadline and find qualified sources to speak to the issues of mental health, addiction treatment, family services and integrated care models.

You can reach us Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. by contacting the Media Relations Department:


If you need to reach a member of the media relations team after normal business hours, please page them at 781.256.9373 and a member of the department will get back to you.