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The Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course takes place over 2 full days. Training courses are arranged on a regular basis, and you are welcome to book a place on one of these courses.  Alternatively, please contact us to book a course specifically for your own staff (prices on request).

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training dates for 2017:
1 day course: 7th  June 2017, Cullompton Community Centre, Cullompton, Mid Devon
2 day course: 12th – 13th September 2017, Taunton Library, Somerset

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.

You’ll receive a comprehensive Youth MHFA manual that you can take away with you at the end of the course and also an attendance certificate from MHFA England to say you are now Youth Mental Health First Aider.

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.

Course content

Youth MHFA is split up into 4 manageable chunks – What is mental health?, Depression and Anxiety, Suicide and Psychosis, Self Harm and Eating Disorders.  You will also cover other topics specific to young people that include child and adolescent development, bullying/cyber bullying, substance misuse and promoting protective factors and good parenting.

In each section you’ll learn how to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem in young people
  • Feel confident helping a young person experiencing a problem
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm
  • Help prevent a mental health illness from getting worse
  • Help a young person recover faster
  • Guide a young person towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems