Youth Mental Health First Aid
The course trains participants as Mental Health First Aiders, giving participants:
- 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
The course is interactive and is delivered using slides, video clips, individual and group activities, discussion and case studies which you will explore as a group to embed learning.
This course is made up of both individual learning activities and a series of four live sessions on the online platform. Individual learning will be based on a combination of videos, workbook activities and reading. This can be done at your own pace in advance of each live session using an online platform. We recommend allowing between 1 and 1.5 hours per week, in addition to the live sessions.
This self-directed learning does have to be completed in order to get MHFA certification.
- preserve life where a young person may be in danger to themselves or others
- provide help to prevent the mental health issue developing into a more serious state
- promote the recovery of good mental health
- provide comfort to a young person experiencing a mental health issue
- raise awareness of mental health issues in the community
- reduce stigma and discrimination
The training requires a commitment to attend all 4 sessions, and do the self-directed learning. Without full attendance and completion of your online learning you will not gain your certification.
You need to register to an external platform to access the course materials, and you will be sent those details prior to starting the course.
You will receive a training manual and workbook from MHFA and these will be sent directly to your home or place of work prior to the course. We will ask you for your home address to send the manuals to.