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Under a new programme launching on Monday, 13 August 2018, every school in London will have a Youth Mental Health First Aider by 2021.

Youth Mental Health First Aiders are trained individuals who can recognise the crucial warning signs and symptoms of mental ill health in young people and can guide a young person to the appropriate support.

How will it work?

The programme will first increase the number of Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructors in London, by providing 100 funded places on the Youth MHFA Instructor Training programme, accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

Once qualified, these instructors will go on to deliver Youth MHFA Two Day courses to about 2,000 people, reaching one member of staff in every school in London by 2021.

How to sign up

If you are interested in enrolling on Youth MHFA Instructor Training through this programme, please contact Thrive LDN at

Schools who wish to access their free place on a Youth MHFA Two Day course through this funded programme should contact Thrive LDN at

Find out more

Click here for more details about the London schools programme

Learn about the national Youth MHFA in schools programme here



Take a look at our free downloadable resources for young people's mental health including a list of helpful organisations, guidance for having a supportive conversation, film clips, an interactive quiz and more.

Resources for schools

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