Youth mental health first aid training (MHFA)

Most people will by now be aware of Mental health first aid training. Many workplaces are now introducing the mental health first aid role (and if yours isn’t – please speak to us now!). Mental health first aid training is designed to give individuals the skills to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide comfort and support to adults who are experiencing mental ill health.

There is less awareness about Youth mental health first aid training (MHFA).

As a globally recognised training course, Youth MHFA is designed to teach people who are connected with children and young people, how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health. The training gives people the skills and confidence to safely address mental health issues in young people aged 8 to 18, with a strong practical focus on how to support a young person experiencing mental distress. The course is suitable for parents, foster parents, carers, youth workers, teachers – anyone who wants to be better equipped to support a young person / young people.

We are offering a limited number of places on an open, online, Youth Mental Health First Aid training course beginning 26th September 2022. Those wishing to attend must be able to commit to four online sessions (10am-1pm- 26th and 27th September and 3rd and 4th October 2022).

The cost per place is £300 plus vat including all course materials and certification. This also includes a follow up support / coaching session and ongoing support from our team, beyond the completion of the course. Contact us to discuss running an in-house course for your business or organisation.

What will I learn on a Youth MHFA course?

Youth MHFA is the help given to a young person experiencing a mental health issue before professional help is obtained. The aims of Youth MHFA are to:

  • Preserve life where a young person may be a danger to themselves or others
  • Provide help to prevent the emotional or mental health issue developing into a more serious state
  • Promote the recovery of good mental health
  • Provide comfort to a young person experiencing a mental health issue
  • Raise awareness of mental health issues in the community
  • Reduce stigma and discrimination

Youth MHFA does not teach people to be therapists or replace long term support. Instead, it gives people the tools to:

  • Recognise the symptoms of mental health issues
  • Intervene early to provide initial help and reassurance
  • Guide a young person to access appropriate professional support, for a faster recovery
  • Stop preventable issues arising by building a supportive culture of wellbeing – Embed positive, long term cultural change in policy and procedure
  • Proactively support their own wellbeing and that of their colleagues

Why choose our training?

* Quality assured - every MHFA course is delivered by a qualified instructor who has completed the MHFA England Youth Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

* MHFA are the only provider of licensed MHFA Instructor Training in England.

* Safe. Our instructors provide a safe, inclusive learning environment and are trained to support people throughout the whole course.

* Evidence based. MHFA courses are grounded in research and written by experts, including people with lived experience of mental ill health. Research and evaluation shows that MHFA England courses make a lasting difference in people’s knowledge and confidence around mental health.

* Globally recognised. You’ll be joining a community of over 350,000 people in England who have taken MHFA courses and over 2.6 million people around the world who have trained in MHFA skills.

For further details and to secure your place either download our PDF (including booking link) or contact our team HERE

Contact us HERE to discuss running an in-house course for your business or organisation.

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