The 2 day Youth MHFA course is an internationally recognised course designed specifically for those people that teach, work, live with or care for young people aged 8 to 18 years. On completion of this training, candidates are certified as ‘Youth Mental Health First Aiders'.
Why should you take the 2 day Youth Mental Health First Aid course?
- 1 in 10 young people experience a mental health problem at any one time, that’s around 3 in every class. (Office of National Statistics)
- Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, 75% by age 18. (National Institute for Mental Health)
- There has been a 68% rise in the number of young people being admitted to hospital because of self-harm over the past decade.
The course will teach you to:
- Spot the early signs of a mental health issue in young people
- Feel confident helping a young person experiencing mental ill health
- Provide help on a first aid basis
- Help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm
- Help prevent a mental health issue from getting worse
- Help a young person recover faster
- Guide a young person towards the right support
- Reduce the stigma of mental health issues.
What will I learn?
Our Youth MHFA course is split into four manageable chunks. These are:
- What is mental health?
- Depression and anxiety
- Suicide and psychosis
- Self-harm and eating disorders.
Within each section there is clear focus on the issues faced by young people, including bullying/cyber bullying and substance misuse. The course also teaches the importance of promoting well-being and protective factors.
Everyone who completes the Youth Mental Health First Aid course will receive:
- A certificate to say they are a Youth Mental Health First Aider
- A Youth MHFA manual to refer to whenever they need it
- A Youth MHFA workbook
- A Youth MHFA Action Plan ‘Z card’