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Youth Mental Health First Aid

Course Ref: YMHFA1

As a certified Youth Mental Health First Aider, delegates will play a vital role in being able to help spot the symptoms of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide out young people towards support.

Learning takes place across four manageable sessions. Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Youth Mental Health First Aid action plan.

Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A Youth MHFA manual to refer to whenever they need it
  • A certificate to say they are a Youth Mental Health First Aider

What you will learn

  • 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 guidingthem 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

Course structure
Session 1: Youth MHFA

  • About Youth MHFA
  • Context: England’s child health care policy
  • About mental health – facts and figures
  • Risk factors for mental ill health
  • Protective factors for mental health
  • Preventing mental health issues and promoting wellbeing
  • The Youth MHFA action plan


Session 2: Depression and anxiety

  • About depression – facts and figures
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • About anxiety disorders – facts and figures
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • The MHFA action plan for depression and anxiety

Session 3: Suicide and psychosis

  • About suicide
  • Risk factors and warning signs for suicide
  • First aid for suicidal crisis
  • About psychosis
  • Risk factors and warning signs of psychosis
  • Types of psychotic disorders
  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis
  • The MHFA action plan for psychosis

Session 4: Self-harm and eating disorders

  • About self-harm – facts and figures
  • Risk factors
  • Signs and symptoms
  • The MHFA action plan for selfharm
  • About eating disorders – facts and figures
  • Different types of eating disorders
  • The MHFA action plan for eating disorders
  • Recovery

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