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Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Thu, 15 Jun 2017, 09:00 – Fri, 16 Jun 2017, 17:00 BST
What will I learn?
The Youth MHFA Course is split into 4 manageable chunks:
- What is mental health?
- Depression & anxiety
- Suicide and psychosis
- Self harm and eating disorders
Within each section there is a clear focus on the issues faced by young people, including bullying/cyber bullying and substance misuse. The course also teaches the importance of promoting wellbeing and protective factors .
In each section you’ll learn how to:
- Spot the signs of mental health issues in young people
- Feel confident helping a young person experiencing mental ill health
- Provide help on a first aid basis
- Help prevent a mental health issue from getting worse
- Help a young person recover faster
- Guide a young person towards the right support
- Reduce the stigma of mental health issues.
How will I learn?
The Youth MHFA course usually takes place over 2 full days, however delivery of the course can be flexible and may be delivered over a number of sessions. The sessions will be a mix of presentations, discussions, and group work activities. Our instructor provides a safe learning environment and is trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining certain parts, there is no pressure to. Due to some of the sensitive subjects of our courses, we limit numbers to 16 people. We want everyone to feel safe and our instructors can help if people find some parts particularly difficult. Everyone who attends the course will receive a copy of the Youth MHFA manual and workbook, which are both excellent support resources. When you have completed the course you will receive a certificate to say that you are a trained Youth Mental Health First Aider.
Who can attend?
The course is for everyone and is relevant for people who teach, work, live and care for 8 to 18 year olds, including young people themselves. For the purpose of this offer and funding. We are offering 3 places to schools across Redcar & Cleveland to include 2 members of staff and 1 parent governor.
The course will run 9am to 5pm each day, please note that lunch is not provided so delegates are requested to bring their own.