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for people who teach, care for, support or live with young people

MHFA Schools and Youth MHFA

Mental ill health can affect every single one of us. There is widespread ignorance of mental ill health in the general population and there is the associated stigma too. For some the stigma can lead to delays in people seeking help and support. There is also a lack of confidence in what to do if someone is distressed or in a crisis situation.

By learning to recognise the signs that someone may be unwell, you may be able to provide initial help, to guide a person towards appropriate professional help, and in its most powerful form, save a life by learning basic suicide intervention skills.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) came to England in 2007 and was developed and launched under the Department of Health: National Institute of Mental Health in England (NIMHE) as part of a national approach to improving public mental health.

Very informative, I now feel confident in using what I’ve learnt to help support young people and possibly identify signs and symptoms to help someone who needs help

Developed in Australia in 2000 and now internationally recognised in twenty three countries, the MHFA course teaches people how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, provide help on a first aid basis and effectively guide those towards the right support services.  For more information about the course, and Mental Health First Aid England, visit their website.

We run a programme of training throughout the year, at venues across East Devon, West Dorset and South Somerset.  Alternatively, we can deliver training in your school or organisation, or at a venue to suit you.

Youth-MHFA-Mark-logoAttendance on these courses can help schools work towards the Youth MHFA Quality Mark of Excellence, which is awarded to schools and organisations committed to the emotional and mental health of their young people and staff. The mark is a measure of quality and exemplary practice.


Youth Mental Health First Aid

The Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course takes place over 2 full days. Sessions will be a mix of presentation, group discussions and group work activities. Our instructors provide a very safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. Due to some of the sensitive subjects of our courses, including suicide, we limit numbers to 16 people, and attendees must be over 16 years of age.

Youth MHFA teaches practical skills that be can used every day.  It gives a deeper understanding of the complex issues relating to young people and mental health, and helps people recognise the symptoms of mental health problems and enables them to provide initial help. => find out more

Mental Health First Aid for Schools and Colleges

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for Schools and Colleges has been designed especially with schools in mind. Based on the Youth MHFA course but targeted to meet the needs of educational environments, MHFA Schools will cover key topics around young people’s mental health and wellbeing, with a strong practical focus on how support young people experiencing mental distress. Whilst the course is not a replacement for the 2 day Youth MHFA course, delegates will become Ambassadors for better mental health in schools.

As a one-day course, it fits perfectly into schools’ inset training days and busy school timetables, making it accessible for teaching staff across sectors. MHFA for Schools and Colleges teaches practical skills that can be used every day. => find out more