for our next virtual

MHFA Certification

classes on Wednesday, 3/17 or 4/14!


Our mission is to support the inherent resilience of individuals and communities who are managing trauma, experiencing grief and navigating mental health challenges.



  • Nurture connection and compassion

  • Build skills in emergency management

  • Teach signs and symptoms of mental health challenges and trauma activation 

  • Work to de-stigmatize accessing care

  • Support individuals and groups through grief recovery

  • Consider the role of systems and institutions in healing

  • Direct focus on transformation, racial equity and inclusion



I initially took the MFHA training because I work in an urban environment were I regularly came into contact with people in crisis, and I was hoping to learn tools and skills that would help me better navigate situations that sometimes arose. This was definitely the case. Additionally, I found that the training also prepared me to help people in my own life, which was an added bonus.


— Jessica, San Francisco Public Library



— Rebecca, Public Health Institute



— Ami, Covenant House California

People should get MHFA certified because so many people struggle with mental health issues, often in silence until they reach a breaking point. You never know when someone you love or a stranger on the street could need your help; and just a few right words and a couple of well-placed phone calls really can save lives.

We had this training the week before the world shut down, how fitting that the Vicarious Trauma and importance of taking care of yourself portion was that week! I felt really seen and understood . . . I was reminded how important my cup, my spirit my Heart mattered! It has helped me have more strength and stamina during this very tough season of the pandemic!

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