Mental Health First Aid Classes

Learn to recognize, understand and respond to signs of a mental health or substance use challenges in adults or young people. No clinical or mental health background is required. Classes begin with a two-hour online section, and participants receive national certification upon completion of the full course. 

Classes are offered both in-person and virtually. Please note the class type and the registration deadlines. Class sizes are limited and are offered at no cost to participants.  

Two types of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) classes are offered. Adult MHFA is for adults helping adults. Youth MHFA is for adults helping youth (age 12-18). Use links below to register and for more information.  

Peer Support Expansion Initiative: Certified Peer Specialist Training (CPS)

Peer Support Expansion Initiative: Certified Peer Specialist Training (CPS)

The application due date is: March 1, 2023 OR once the class is full, whichever comes first.

Currently open to Chester County Residents ONLY.

Core Class Dates:
June 2023
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location:   Government Services Center
                    West Chester, PA 19382

Enhanced Trainings:

July-August 2023 
Field Placement: Approximately 50 Hours within 7-10 weeks from August-October 2023
Group Mentoring Meetings: As Assigned (Hybrid)

Chester County Peer Support Ennhanced Initiative (

From the Department of Human Services 

Free half-day trainings for families and professionals cover a wide array of topics related to mental health, substance abuse, recovery, parenting and more. Classes are scheduled throughout the year.

Question, Persuade, Refer Training (Suicide Prevention Training)

Learn to recognize a mental health crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide.