2-Day Youth MHFA

One in eight 5-19 year olds had a mental disorder in 2017

MHCYP, Nov 2018 

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Children and young people are vibrant, intelligent and caring members of our community, whose characteristics need to be nurtured and supported for them to reach their goals and aspirations. 

Difficulties can occur for children and young people when they experience distressing events, trauma or other event that they may not know or have the emotional tools to understand and work through that experience. 

Youth MHFA helps adults to support young people with those tools to help young people to understand and validate their emotions as well as signposting to appropriate agencies to support a young person if they need further help.

Why Youth MHFA?

Completing our two day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider. Youth Mental Health First Aiders have:

– An in depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing

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

– Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress

– Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening

– Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support

– whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix

– engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate

– Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive 

– Tools to look after your own mental wellbeing

MHFA England


Course focus

Through the use of case-studies we review;

  • Youth mental health
  • Mental health continuum
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Suicide
  • Psychosis
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders

Course structure

The Youth MHFA course can be delivered in a variety of ways to suit an organisations’ needs. They can be delivered either:

– Two consecutive days
– One day a week for two weeks
– Split into four weekly 1/2 day sessions

The course consists of a mixture of group work, videos and practical exercise to enhance the skills and understanding of the course content.