Would you know how to help?

Let’s start with the statistics. One in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time. For those aged 5-19 years, suicide is the second most common cause of death

In an average group of 30 15-year-olds:

  • Seven are likely to have been bullied
  • Six may be self-harming
  • One could have experienced the death of a parent

Record levels of young people are struggling. Academic pressuresocial mediabullyingpovertylack of availability of professional mental health support – all have been named as contributing to this epidemic of poor mental health in our young people.

It’s clear that young people are not getting the support they need. Key figures in a young person’s life – parents, family members, teachers, tutors, carers, youth workers – can often spot when a young person is struggling but may not know how best to help.


Learn to support young people

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are for everyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. They will teach you the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, you can speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse.

Our courses won't teach you to be a therapist - but just like physical first aid, we will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis. 

People sitting around a table learning on an MHFA course

But more than that, we aim to give you the information and skills to look after your own mental health so that you can set an example for young people. By giving you the tools to have these conversations, we hope to empower you to create a mentally healthy, supportive environment in your family, school, peer group or community.

Let's create a future where mental health is treated as a normal part of life, in the same way as physical health. A future where every young person has access to support if they need it.

Schools programme

Every secondary school is entitled to one free place on a Youth MHFA One Day course through our Schools programme funded by the Department of Health.

Learn how to access your free place on our Schools programme

 


Resources

Take a look at our selection of free downloadable resources for mental health in schools including film clips, infographics, guidance for having a supportive conversation with a young person, and more.

See resources for schools 

 

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