Steps to apply: 

1. Application (submit paper or digital)

See buttons below. Please mail paper applications with payment to the address below.

2. Submit Payment

Please make check payable to "The Speedy Foundation" memo: "YMHFA training," PO Box 5866, Boise, ID 83705, for $1,500.00. (Payment via credit card can be made to include processing fees at $1,620.00 HERE.) Scholarships are available, see information below.

3. Applications deadline extended.

Notification will be sent out as applications are received and reviewed. 


Only certified instructors can teach the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course to the public. Instructors may organize courses in their communities and may charge a fee. They must provide Mental Health First Aid USA participant manuals to all those who attend the course. 

The primary role of instructors is to teach the Mental Health First Aid course. When they offer the course, instructors must teach the full 8-hour course with fidelity to the core program model and key messages. Each instructor has a set of materials to help guide them through course facilitation.

To teach a course, certified instructors must order manuals for all their participants, prepare course materials (available on the instructor website), compile local resources, and provide participant evaluations to Mental Health First Aid USA after the course. Instructors typically team up with another certified instructor to teach the course, but may also teach on their own.

Putting on a course involves much more than just showing up and teaching it. Read more here...


If you are interested in attending an instructor training, you must apply. Selection criteria, course tuition, and instructor expectations are outlined within the application.

No specific academic or professional credentials are required for instructor applicants. However, candidates should have knowledge of or experience with mental health problems (either personally, professionally, or both), prior experience in training adult learners, and commitment and capability to roll out Mental Health First Aid in the community.

Mental Health First Aid USA has trained and certified instructors from community mental health and addictions treatment organizations, state departments of health, universities, hospitals, federally qualified health centers, faith-based organizations, police and criminal justice, developmental disability centers, mental health authorities, other mental health advocacy organizations including Mental Health America and NAMI affiliates, and independent trainers.  Qualified instructors may come from all levels of an organization – including CEOs and front-line staff – but should be whoever will be the best advocate for the program in your area.

training Cost


  • Typically training costs $2,000 plus travel and lodging in a large city.
  • This fee includes training, materials, an instructor kit, breakfast and lunch Monday - Thursday and breakfast on Friday. 

Expedited training

If you are currently certified in Adult MHFA, we are accepting a total of 4 expedited YMHFA trainers at the cost of $850. (Payment via credit card can be made to include processing fees at $918 HERE.)


We are recruiting trainers from the Military/Veteran community in Idaho to take the lead in sharing this curriculum in their community. If you have Military background and are interested in helping with this initiative in Idaho please let us know. It might be possible to help with reimbursement for this training. Funding is available. Please complete Scholarship Application below.

Scholarship Application

This application is for those interested in obtaining scholarship funding to cover the cost for the Youth Mental Health First Aid Train-the-Trainer in Boise, ID on June 26-30, 2017. Funding is generously provided by St. Luke's. We ask that each applicant provide a portion of the training that fits within their ability. Contributions made by individuals will be accepted as a tax deductible donation to The Speedy Foundation and receipt will be provided at the end of the training. (This is not for the Region 4 scholarships from Blue Cross of Idaho.)

  • Application is due by 12:00 pm on June 16, 2017.
  • Applicants will be notified of awards by June 19, 2017, or sooner, via email.

Training Location

University of Idaho Water Center  |  Legacy Point Room  |  322 E Front Street  |  Boise, ID 83702

  • Parking: Off-street parking is available in two parking structures adjacent to the Idaho Water Center. First hour free, $1 each additional hour 6 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Parking is free after 4:30 p.m. and weekends.
  • Parking at your own risk: 
    • Parking in Julia Davis Park off Myrtle might be a nice walk to start and end your day, but we are not sure what the city codes are for parking there. 
    • Parking off of Warm Springs Ave. might be another option to consider, with a short walk.
  • Boise has both Lyft and Uber services.


Near-by Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Boise Downtown | 222 S. Broadway Ave. | Boise, ID 83702 | Walking distance from training location | (208) 331-2700 | website  | Block rate $179/night expires 6/16/17

What You Learn

Instructor certification training introduces the 8-hour course, overviews adult learning styles and teaching strategies, and provides in-depth instruction on implementing and managing the program in diverse communities.

The training teaches you how to:

  • Teach the Mental Health First Aid course, including the 5-step action plan, evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies, and prevalence data.
  • Present the program with fidelity to the tested, core model.
  • Apply the program to a range of adult learning styles.
  • Tailor presentations to diverse audiences and learning environments.

Training Format

National Trainers guide candidates through the 5 day new instructor training with an emphasis on coaching and preparing candidates to be ambassadors of Mental Health First Aid. Courses run from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day, with dedicated time for independent preparation for presentations. Each instructor candidate will present and teach an assigned portion of the eight-hour course to the group. The National Trainers will conduct an individual evaluation of each candidate, and each candidate will provide a peer review for their colleagues.

Certification is not guaranteed for all participants. To become certified, participants must be present for the entire training, satisfactorily deliver the presentation and pass a written exam.

Continuing Education

Read details here. If you are interested in registering for Professional Development credit through Boise State University, please email and we can work on creating a course. 

Mental Health First Aid Idaho

We will be meeting on Tuesday, June 27 at 6:00 PM at the River Room upstairs at Whole Foods in Boise, ID to discuss plans for a state-wide approach toward rolling out YMHFA & MHFA training in Idaho. 


Mental Health First Aid

I learned a great deal on how to approach kids vs. adults and have a better understanding of the common issues facing youth.
— Youth Mental Health First Aider, Boise, ID 2016
Based on this training and the experience I already have, this added more tools to my tool belt.
— Youth Mental Health First Aider, Boise, ID 2016
I have a much changed outlook on the need to know what to look for and how to help someone.
— Youth Mental Health First Aider, Boise, ID 2016
Role playing and actually using the words you’d use was a strength of this course. It’s totally different when you actually have to say it out loud.
— Youth Mental Health First Aider, Boise, ID 2016