Previous slide
Next slide

Youth Mental Health First Aid England Training

Would you know how to help?

One in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time. Suicide is the leading cause of death for those aged 5-19.

In an average group of 30 15-year-olds:
▪ Seven are likely to have been bullied
▪ Six may be self-harming
▪ One could have experienced the death of a parent

Record levels of young people are struggling. Academic pressure, social media, bullying, poverty, lack of availability of professional mental health support – all have been named by various sources as contributing to this epidemic of poor mental health in our young people.

It’s clear that young people are not getting the support they need. Key figures in a young person’s life – parents, family members, teachers, tutors, carers, youth workers – can often spot when a young person is struggling but may not know how best to help.

Learn to support young people

The Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are for anyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. The course trains school staff to have the skills and confidence to step in, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, they can speed up a young person’s recovery, stop issues from developing into a
crisis, and ultimately save lives.

But more than that, by giving staff the information and skills to look after their own mental health, we want them to set an example for young people. We want adults to be able to show young people that mental ill health is a part of life in just the same way as physical ill health, that it’s OK to talk about and it’s OK to ask for help.

By giving people the tools to open up these conversations, we can empower them to create mentally healthy, supportive environments in their families, schools, youth groups and communities.

Mental Health First Aid

This course will teach you practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues.

Gain confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress.

On completion you will be a certified Mental Health First Aider.

The course is a blend of live training sessions and self-learning activities.

This two-day course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider, giving you:

▪ An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing

▪ Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues

▪ Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress

▪ Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening

▪ Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support

– whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix
Course structure

Session 1
▪ Why Mental Health First Aid?
▪ The Mental Health First Aid action plan
▪ What is mental health?
▪ Impact of mental health issues
▪ Stigma and discrimination
▪ What is depression?
▪ Symptoms of depression
▪ Risk factors for depression
▪ Depression in the workplace

Session 2
▪ Suicide figures
▪ Alcohol, drugs and mental health
▪ First aid for suicidal crisis
▪ Non-judgemental listening skills
▪ First aid for depression
▪ Treatment and resources for depression
▪ Self-care

Session 3
▪ What is an anxiety disorder?
▪ First aid for anxiety disorders
▪ Crisis first aid after a traumatic event
▪ Alcohol, drugs and anxiety disorders
▪ Treatment and resources for anxiety disorders
▪ Cognitive distortions and CBT
▪ Personality disorders
▪ Eating disorders
▪ Self-harm

Session 4
▪ What is psychosis?
▪ Risk factors for psychosis
▪ Alcohol, drugs and psychosis
▪ Schizophrenia
▪ Bipolar disorder
▪ Warning signs of developing psychosis
▪ Crisis first aid for acute psychosis
▪ Treatment and resources for psychosis
▪ Recovery and building resources
▪ Action planning for using MHFA
How to book a course.

To book a place on a course please use the following button:

Book Courses

Scroll to Top