The original Youth Mental Health First Aid course is an internationally recognised training course designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health in young people and provide help on a first aid basis.
Who is it for?
Anyone who teaches, works, lives with or cares for 8 to 18-year-olds, including young people themselves from age 16 upward.
What will I learn?
The training is designed to fit into four manageable chunks:
_ What is mental health?
_ Depression and anxiety
_ Suicide and psychosis
_ Self-harm and eating disorders.
Within each section there is clear focus on the issues faced by young people today, including bullying/cyber bullying and substance misuse. The course also teaches the importance of promoting protective factors and good parenting. Everyone will receive a copy of the Youth MHFA manual which is an excellent support resource and when you have completed the course you will
be a Youth Mental Health First Aider.
How will it help?
The course will:
_ Give a deeper understanding around the issues that relate to young people’s mental health
_ Teach practical skills that can be used every day, including being able to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues. Research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA course:
_ Raises awareness and mental health literacy
_ Reduces stigma around mental ill health
_ Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
_ Encourages people to start a conversation with a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue
_ Promotes early intervention which enables recovery.