Overview

Our Youth MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider. 

Youth Mental Health First Aiders have:


What to expect

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. 

Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Youth Mental Health First Aid action plan.

Everyone who completes the course gets an MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever they need it, and a badge and certificate to say they are a Youth Mental Health First Aider.


Can young people attend the course?

Young people are welcome on the course but those under 16 must have consent from their parent or guardian. Their emotional intelligence and current mental health must also be considered, and a safeguarding process must be in place.

Topics covered on the course include self-harm, eating disorders and suicide, and care must be taken to avoid triggering or influencing a vulnerable young person. Although our instructors are trained to support learners during the course, there must be good mental health referral pathways in place should the young person need mental health support following the course. A whole organisation approach to mental health helps with this. 


Ready to discuss training for your organisation?

Contact our team to discuss in-house training options.
 

Email the team

or call 020 7250 8069

If you’re looking to book a small number of individual places on a course, you may want to book directly with one of our independent instructors. Find courses running near you 

“I believe Youth MHFA has provided me with extra tools to be able to better understand and support young people - something so valuable in my line of work.”

Course structure

Youth Mental Health First Aid

  • About Youth Mental Health First Aid

  • Context: England’s child health care policy

  • About mental health – facts and figures

  • Risk factors for mental ill health

  • Protective factors for mental health

  • Preventing mental health issues and promoting wellbeing

  • The Youth MHFA action plan: ALGEE

Depression and anxiety

  • About depression – facts and figures

  • Signs and symptoms

  • Risk factors

  • About anxiety disorders – facts and figures

  • Signs and symptoms

  • Risk factors

  • The MHFA action plan for depression and anxiety: ALGEE

Suicide and psychosis

  • About suicide

  • Risk factors and warning signs for suicide

  • First aid for suicidal crisis

  • About psychosis

  • Risk factors and warning signs of psychosis

  • Types of psychotic disorders

  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis

  • The MHFA action plan for psychosis: ALGEE

Self-harm and eating disorders

  • About self-harm – facts and figures

  • Risk factors

  • Signs and symptoms

  • The MHFA action plan for self-harm: ALGEE

  • About eating disorders – facts and figures

  • Different types of eating disorders

  • The MHFA action plan for eating disorders: ALGEE

  • Recovery