The 2 day Youth Mental Health First Aid 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. This programme is suitable for Primary schools, Secondary Schools and other key educational settings. 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’