Mental Health First Aid Training

AHECWW offers Mental Health First Aid trainings for professionals and community members throughout western Washington. Upcoming trainings include:

  • Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood, (Adult) Bellingham: March 20, 2019 (Class is Full)
  • Whatcom Community College, (Adult) Bellingham: April 26, 2019 (8:30 am – 5:30 pm) – Register here

Trainings consist of a full 8-hour day (usually from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) with a lunch break (lunch not provided). Those who successfully complete the full day are eligible for a Mental Health First Aid certificate issued by the National Council for Behavioral Health. The certificate remains valid for three years. Class size is limited to 30, and, through grant funding from the State Department of Health, the trainings are offered free of charge (value $170).  The class is great for people of all backgrounds. Students in allied health courses of study are encouraged to consider this training. For registration information, call (360) 383-3170.

There are two main certification levels: one for adults who interact with youth (Youth Mental Health First Aid) and one for adults generally (Mental Health First Aid).

Continuing Education Credits

AHECWW provides certificates to document Continuing Education (CE) credits for attendees. AHECWW is authorized to award CE for licensed social workers in Washington State through the Washington Chapter of the National Association for Social Workers. Dentists, Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians are now eligible to receive continuing education credits (CEUs) for all Adult Mental Health First Aid courses! The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has approved the Adult Mental Health First Aid course for a total of 8.0 contact hours, or 0.8 CEUs. Contact AHECWW for more information at: or call (360) 383-3170.

Why Mental Health First Aid?

text on screen: We will not let our loved ones suffer in silence"

  • Enroll in a Mental Health First Aid course to learn a five-step action plan to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors and others cope with mental health or substance use problems.
  • Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves.
  • Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool – it improves the public’s knowledge of mental health and substance use problems and connects people with care for their mental health or substance use problems.


Mental Health First Aid is a project of the National Council for Behavioral Health

  • Mental Health First Aid was originally created in Australia in 2001 under the auspices of the University of Melbourne, and is now international with programs in countries such as the United Kingdom, China, Canada, Finland and Singapore.

The National Council for Behavioral Health – a national trade group with more than 2,500 member organizations serving millions of Americans nationwide – helped bring Mental Health First Aid to the United States in 2008 with the goal of making it as common as traditional First Aid and CPR are today.

Find out how to become a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor.