Every state secondary school in England is entitled to one free place on a Youth MHFA One Day course through the Youth MHFA in Schools programme.

How to sign up 

Access your school's free place on a Youth MHFA One Day course by contacting our schools team:

Contact the schools team

Host schools

If you work in or with a school that would be willing to host a training course we would love to hear from you. In return the school will be offered up to four additional places per course. Please register your interest by emailing schools@mhfaengland.org telling us where in England the school is located.

About the programme

The Youth MHFA in Schools programme launched in Easter 2017 and is fully funded by the Department of Health with a value of £200 per person trained. 

For an overview of the programme and its results so far, see our summary report (click to download PDF):

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To date, over 2,100 staff have attended a Youth MHFA One Day course qualifying them as a Youth MHFA Champion - someone with the skills to spot the signs of mental health issues in young people and guide them to a place of support. At the end of the programme all state secondary schools in England will have been have been offered the opportunity to attend ths training.

This is a major step forward in our campaign to ensure that every school has access to Youth MHFA training - and our social mission to train one in ten people in Mental Health First Aid skills.


Researchers from University College London evaluated the first year of the Youth MHFA in Schools programme in a study involving over 1,000 school staff. Following the Youth MHFA training, staff reported around a three-fold (190%) increase in confidence in knowledge, skills and awareness to support a young person struggling with their mental health. 

This reflects the results of previous studies into the effectiveness of Youth MHFA training. For more information visit our Research and evaluation page or read the full UCL report here

Find out more

Click here for more details about the 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.

Resources for schools

See the latest resources