Here at MHFACO, we coordinate YMHFA and MHFA courses in CO.

If you’re new to this blog and the above sentence made no sense to you, never fear. We toss around a lot of acronyms around here at Mental Health First Aid Colorado (MHFACO) and sometimes it can feel a little like alphabet soup. Here’s a little more information on the programs we work on:

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a groundbreaking, internationally recognized, evidence-based training program committed to empowering individuals to identify, understand, and respond to those in mental health and substance abuse crises.

MHFA encompasses two curricula: a core program tailored for adults and Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), a separate program for adults that work with youth. Each are available as interactive, 8-hour certification courses and can be conducted as a one-day seminar or across multiple days to accommodate tight schedules. If you’d like to find out about course offerings in your area or to schedule a private training with your organization, please visit our website to Find-A-Class.

MHFA and YMHFA are both entities of Mental Health First Aid USA, which is coordinated by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. These entities are responsible for training and certifying the instructors that deliver the 8-hour MHFA and YMHFA courses in our Colorado communities and across the country.


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