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

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

Contact the schools team

About the Youth MHFA in Schools programme

This three year programme launched in Easter 2017 and is fully funded by the Department of Health with a value of £200 per person trained. In the programme’s first year we aim to train 1,000 secondary school staff to become Youth MHFA Champions  – someone with the skills to spot the signs of mental health issues in young people and guide them to a place of support. 

By the end of 2020 every secondary school in England will have been offered the opportunity to attend this 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.

For more information, visit the Schools programme FAQ.

Host schools

If you work in or with a school that would be willing to host one of the first 100 training courses 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.

"Youth MHFA has provided me with extra tools to understand and support young people - something so valuable in my line of work."

Social media toolkit

Help spread the word about this important youth mental health programme on social media and through your other communications channels!

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

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Support organisations

Family Links

Family Links has worked across the UK for the last twenty years focusing on improving emotional health for young people, families and schools. Their aim is to build an active community of schools, universities, teachers and parents who are committed to promoting emotional health and wellbeing, to enable everyone to aspire, flourish and achieve.

Family Links run The Nurturing Programme which is designed to provide adults and children with the understanding, skills and ability to lead emotionally healthy lives, build resilience, empathy, self-esteem and support positive relationships. Programmes are suitable for parents of children from -9 months to 18+. Their specialist programmes include parenting with Islamic Values, work with parents in prison and with parents of children with a disability or special needs.

For more information please visit their website, familylinks.org.uk, or get in touch by emailing lucy.willoughby@familylinks.org.uk.


For more information about the Youth MHFA in Schools programme visit the FAQ

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