• One in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time. In an average group of 30 15 year olds: seven are likely to have been bullied, six maybe self-harming and one could have experienced the death of a parent.
  • 75% of mental illness (excluding dementia) starts before age 18
  • Self harming behaviour can begin at any age, but commonly starts between ages 13-15
  • Suicide rates have increased in recent years for young people (Latest ONS report)

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course (Online interactive and Two Day Face to Face deliveries)

This course is aimed at everyone who teaches, trains, works with, lives with and supports Young People aged 8-18. It teaches 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. It also provides insight and raises awareness around our own mental health and wellbeing.

The sooner we are able to notice signs of difficulty/struggling and help our Young People, guide them towards the support they need, can help stop and or minimise a mental issue from worsening.

The course is delivered in four manageable chunks covering: mental health, anxiety and depression, suicide and psychosis and self harm and eating disorders.

The Mental Health First Aid course provides:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing

  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues

  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress

  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening

  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support — whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix of these.

Course Format:

  • Online Interactive Course: 4 online sessions (2.5-3 hours each) with individual self-learning too.  This can be provided over a period of a week,  two weeks duration and with the option of a two day delivery too.
  • In person course: 4 sessions over 2 consecutive days.
  • Learning takes place through a mix of group discussions and activities, videos, slides and case studies to embed the learning experience.
  • Numbers are limited to per course for the instructor to keep participants safe and supported with their learning
  • During the course you will be provided with your own detailed MHFA manual,  workbook and quick reference MHFA Checklist
  • Upon completion of the course you will receive an MHFA Certificate

Youth course: Feedback / Quotes/ Recommendations:

 “I have attended a lot of mental health talks through inset days/training etc but this was far the best” MHFA Attendee/July21

“Melissa was very warm & welcoming and easy to talk to and listen to. The course was extremely interesting and I learnt a great deal which I can put into practice in my work” MHFA Attendee/July 21

“Thank you so very much! I learnt so much and it was truly invaluable learning! I am so grateful and feel I’ve got lots for my action plan ahead.  Melissa was caring, patient and knowledgeable! MHFA Attendee/March 21

“Both the tone and pace were perfect, the depth of the discussion paired with the interactive group activities were balanced extremely well.  Melissa was extremely conscious of the fact this was an online programme across two days and therefore had much thought and consideration to the selfcare of all participants. Thank you!” Attendee/Feb 21

“Melissa’s treatment of sensitive material such as suicide was brilliantly handled” MHFA Attendee/Dec 20

“I believe every parent / teacher/ anyone who works with young people would absolutely benefit from this course in order to save our young people from mental health disorders before they become a dangerous situation” MHFA Attendee / Sept 20

“Lots of really good eye opening & thought provoking information.  Helpful both as a parent & with my job”

“The content of the course is a must for any school serious about supporting young people with their mental health, the skills that are learnt over the two days are life skills that my staff with take with them – out into the wider world.  After the training, the staff said: they found the course empowering, they would like to work with the trainers again…….clearly very passionate about mental health and conveyed this through their training” Headteacher, High Wycombe / Feb 20

“Should be available to all student teachers as part of initial teacher training.  Ideally all school staff (including office etc) to have training” MHFA Attendee / Feb 20

“Some of the topics were difficult and emotionally challenging.  However, you were mindful and respectful of participants mental health at all times.  You brought a wealth of personal experience and knowledge, which illustrated the different areas and reinforced how we can make a positive contribution to a young person experience mental health issues”  SENco, Primary School, Swindon /Jan 20