Youth MHFA for Schools and Colleges is a one day course designed especially with schools in mind. Based on the Youth MHFA course but targeted to meet the needs of educational environments, delegates will become Champions for better mental health in schools.

What will I learn?

Youth MHFA for Schools and Colleges covers key topics around young people’s mental health and wellbeing, with a strong practical focus on how to support young people experiencing mental distress.

  • What is mental health and mental ill health?
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • The five steps of Mental Health First Aid
  • How to spot symptoms of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis
  • Suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Non judgemental listening skills

How will I learn?

As a one day course, it fits perfectly into schools’ inset training days and busy timetables, making it accessible for teaching staff across sectors. The session will be a mix of presentations, discussions, and group work activities.

Our instructors provide a safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain parts, then there is no pressure to.

How can Youth MHFA for Schools and Colleges make a difference?

Youth MHFA for Schools and Colleges teaches practical skills that can be used every day. While it is not a replacement for the full two day Youth MHFA course, it will give an insight into the complex issues relating to young people and mental health. The course helps people to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and guide young people to access appropriate professional help.

In-house delivery

We have delivered a range of our Youth MHFA courses into over 500 schools and colleges, both state and independent. We work with each school or college to develop a training package which suits their requirements and budgets, delivered by an associate Youth Instructor with expertise in that area. Examples of schools who have successfully rolled out our training courses include City of London SchoolBradfield College and St Philips School.

To find out more about our training packages for schools and colleges please take a look at our brochure. If you would like more information about how MHFA England can work with your organisation, please contact our Client Experience Team by calling 0207 250 8062 or email

Skilling up schools in mental health

From Easter 2017 we will be offering secondary school staff the opportunity to attend a one day Youth MHFA Schools course at no cost! The Youth MHFA in Schools programme will be fully funded by the Department of Health with a value of £200 per person. Email to book a place. 

In the first of this three year programme we aim to train at least one member of staff, in over 1000 secondary schools, to become a Youth MHFA Champion – someone who is skilled in understanding how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues in young people and will have the confidence to guide the young person to a place of support. By the end of 2020 every secondary school in England will have been offered the opportunity to attend this skills based training. This is an important step forward in our campaign to ensure that every school in England has access to Youth MHFA training and social mission to train 1 in 10 people in Mental Health First Aid.

If you work in or with a school who 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. Schools should register their interest by emailing, stating where in England they are located.


We value the Youth MHFA for Schools and Colleges course at £200 per person. These costs may vary depending on location and instructor.

You can contact our instructors directly for more information. Just click on the title of the course listing you are interested in, and you will be taken to a page with more information on that specific course, including the instructor’s contact details. They’ll be more than happy to answer any of your questions.


Each and every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor, who has attended the seven day instructor training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health. 

Everyone who attends our course will be asked to fill out an anonymous evaluation and provide their feedback. This ensures that our instructors and our courses are of the best quality at all times.

We have a very strong quality assurance process in place and are quick to respond to anything that falls below our very high standards. 

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