Youth Mental Health First Aid

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’
To register your interest, please call 0121 271 0550 or email us at info@altruistuk.com.