Youth Mental Health First Aid

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Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are for everyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. They will teach you the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, you can speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse.

Our courses won't teach you to be a therapist, but we will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis - and even potentially stop a crisis from happening. But more than that, we aim to give you the information and skills to look after your own mental health so that you can set an example for young people. By giving you the tools to have these conversations, we hope to empower you to create a mentally healthy, supportive environment in your school, peer group, family or community.

Our Youth MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider. Youth Mental Health First Aiders have:

  • 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 guiding them 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 Mental Health First Aid

  • The Youth MHFA action plan
  • Definition of mental health
  • Adolescent development
  • Common youth mental health disorders
  • Preventing mental health issues
  • Promoting wellbeing and protective factors

Session 2: Depression and anxiety

  • What are depression and anxiety disorders?
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Possible causes
  • Youth MHFA action planning

Session 3: Suicide & Psychosis

  • The facts about suicide
  • Possible warning signs
  • Crisis first aid for suicidal behaviour
  • What is psychosis?
  • Signs of psychosis
  • Youth MHFA action plannning
  • Treatment and resources for psychosis

Session 4: Self-harm and eating disorders

  • What are they?
  • Why are they important?
  • Possible causes
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Treatment and resources
  • Youth MHFA action planning


Delegate tickets are £250 exc VAT. We offer a group booking discount for 3 or more tickets. Simply call 0203 1428654 or email louisa@stress.org.uk to get a group discount code.

What to expect

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. Young people are welcome on the course but if you’re under the age of 16 we need consent from your parent or guardian.

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. You will get an MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it.

When you complete the two days you'll get a certificate to say you are a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Terms & Conditions

  • Refunds will only be given on bookings for Stress Management Society public courses providing cancellations are confirmed in writing a minimum of 14 days in advance of the event.

  • Cancellation 30 days or more in advance of the course will receive a 70% refund

  • Cancellation 29-14 days prior to the course will receive a 50% refund.

  • The Stress Management Society reserves the right to change events, dates, speakers, topics & venues; and to cancel events at our own discretion.

  • Where we have to postpone or cancel a course we will not be liable for any additional costs incurred for such actions.

Please see our full Terms and conditions here: http://www.stress.org.uk/about-us/terms-and-conditions/

Booking this workshop is seen as acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

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