Under a programme launched 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 it works

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

You can hear what some of the trainee instructors thought of the training here: youtu.be/zTbjIwQ-K1A 

Now qualified, these MHFA England 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
Schools who wish to access their free place on a Youth MHFA Two Day course through this funded programme should contact Thrive LDN at youthmhfa@thriveldn.co.uk.
Find out more

Click here for more details about the London schools programme


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.

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