Youth Mental Health

First Aid Training


1 in 6 children aged 5-16 have a mental health problem. The number of A&E attendances by young people aged 18 or under with a recorded diagnosis of a psychiatric condition more than tripled between 2010 and 2018-19. Nearly half of 17-19 year-olds with a diagnosable mental health disorder have self-harmed or attempted suicide.


Spotting the signs of poor mental health earlier in a person’s life is very important, as 50% of mental health conditions are established by the age of 14.

Statistics show us that many children and young people are not getting the help and support they need, in a society with increasing academic and social pressures.

Key people in a young person’s life such as parents, family members, teachers, tutors, carers, youth workers are often able to spot when a young person is struggling, but don’t know how to help.

Whether you are looking for a Mental Health First Aid course for teachers, work in a social or healthcare setting, or want to know how to support someone through a mental health crisis, you can be there for children and young people with our Youth Mental Health First Aid course.

Mental Health First Aid training is something that all parents and carers should know and can help you support your own child’s mental health and wellbeing as they grow. Our accredited two day course will teach you the skills and confidence to help children and young people get the support they need.

Course Overview

Session One

About Youth Mental Health First Aid, England’s child healthcare policy, about mental health – facts and figures, risk factors for mental ill health, preventing mental ill health and promoting wellbeing, The Youth Mental Health First Aid Action Plan.

Session Two

About depression – facts and figures, signs and symptoms, risk factors, about anxiety disorders – facts and figures, signs and symptoms, risk factors and the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan for depression and anxiety.

Session Three

About suicide, risk factors and warning signs, First aid for suicidal crisis, about psychosis, risk factors and warning signs, types of psychotic disorders, crisis first aid for psychosis and the First Aid Action Plan for psychosis.

Session Four

About self-harm – facts and figures, risk factors, signs and symptoms, the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan for self-harm, about eating disorders, different types of eating disorders, the MHFA action plan for eating disorders, recovery.

Everyone who completes this course gets:

  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health
  • A wallet sized fold out card detailing the Youth Mental First Aid Action Plan
  • A certificate of attendance to show you are a Youth Mental Health First Aider

Upcoming Dates

Our next 2 day course is being held in Preston on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th October 2023 book your places here https://www.trybooking.com/uk/events/landing/43958

If you’d like to book in-house training please email us on Training@advocacyfocus.org.uk.

Please note that discounts are available on bookings made by charities or for large groups.

 

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