Be the Difference

Dear Friends,

As a Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor, you know how important it is to identify, understand and respond to young people with mental health and substance use issues. You also know that peers are often the first people youth turn to when they’re struggling.

That’s why we’ve launched teen MHFA (tMHFA). And it’s why we’re inviting you to continue to #BeTheDifference as a tMHFA Instructor.

teen MHFA teaches students in grades 10-12 how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders among their peers. They learn how to have supportive conversations — and how to get a responsible and trusted adult to take over as needed. It’s an important program designed to help your students help each other.

Learn how to bring tMHFA to your community and register for an upcoming tMHFA Instructor Training.

A virtual model of the course will be available in the fall for remote instruction.

Thank you for choosing to #BeTheDifference,
The Mental Health First Aid Team

The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. Together with our 3,326 member organizations serving over 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and 2 million Americans have been trained. For more information, please visit