For young people aged 5-19, suicide is the most common cause of death. 20% of young people may experience mental ill health in any given year. Statistics also show that more children under the age of 12 are taking anti-depressants than ever before.

Spotting the signs of mental ill health earlier in a person’s life is very important, as 50% of mental health conditions are established by the age of 14.

Statistics show us that many children and young people are not getting the help and support they need, in a society with increasing academic and social pressures.

Key people in a young person’s life such as parents, family members, teachers, tutors, carers, youth workers are often able to spot when a young person is struggling, but don’t know how to help.

Whether you are looking for a Mental Health First Aid Course for teachers, work in a social or healthcare setting, or want to know how to support someone through a mental health crisis, you can be there for children and young people with our Youth Mental Health First Aid course. This course is also really useful for parents and carers and can help them support their own child’s mental health and wellbeing.

Our accredited two day Youth Mental Health First Aid course will teach you the skills and confidence to help children and young people get the support they need.

Course Overview

Session One

About Youth Mental Health First Aid, England’s child healthcare policy, about mental health - facts and figures, risk factors for mental ill health, preventing mental ill health and promoting wellbeing, The Youth Mental Health First Aid Action Plan.

Session Two

About depression - facts and figures, signs and symptoms, risk factors, about anxiety disorders - facts and figures, signs and symptoms, risk factors and the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan for depression a

Session Three

About suicide, risk factors and warning signs, First aid for suicidal crisis, about psychosis, risk factors and warning signs, types of psychotic disorders, crisis first aid for psychosis and the First Aid Action Plan for psychosis.

Session Four

About self-harm - facts and figures, risk factors, signs and symptoms, the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan for self-harm, about eating disorders, different types of eating disorders, the MHFA action plan for eating disorders, recovery.

Everyone who completes this course gets:

  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health
  • A wallet sized fold out card detailing the Youth Mental First Aid Action Plan
  • A certificate of attendance to show you are a Youth Mental Health First Aider

Our Youth Mental Health First Aid Training course costs £250pp, discounts may be available for group bookings. We limit the courses to 16 people per session.