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Youth Mental Health First Aid

Training for Adults who live with, work with or support young people

MHFA England certificate training to become a Youth Mental Health First Aider. This is an in-depth look at young peoples mental health and the risk and protective factors that can affect wellbeing. Mental health first aiders are trained to recognise and respond to early warning signs of a developing mental health issue. You will learn about the common conditions including anxiety, depression and self-harm and gain skills to talk to young people about their mental health and guide to appropriate support. Learning takes place through group discussions, case studies, videos and small group workshops. The course core principles are built around effective, early intervention and accessing the right support.  

  • Two days training, you will gain skills to;
    Recognise those that may be experiencing poor mental health and provide them with first-level support and early intervention Encourage a person to identify and access sources of professional help and other supports Practise active listening and empathy Have a conversation with improved mental health literacy around language and stigma Discuss the MHFAider® role in depth, including boundaries and confidentiality Practise self-care
  • Everyone who completes the course gets:
    A hard copy workbook to support their learning throughout the course A digital manual to refer to whenever they need it​ after completing the course A wallet-sized reference card with the Mental Health First Aid action plan​ A digital MHFAider® certificate Access to the MHFAider Support App® for three years Access to ongoing learning opportunities, resources and exclusive events ​ The opportunity to be part of the largest MHFAider® community in England
  • What is the course structure?
    Learning takes places through a medley of group discussions, videos, workshop activities and case studies. The pace is kept light and easy to follow whilst being incredibly thought provoking.
  • What are the training options?
    In-person classroom training: We currently run in-person mental health first aid courses where individual places can be booked. The classroom format is two days training. See locations at bottom of this web page. ​ Online deliveries: Same training and certificate, delivered via live virtual classrooms- Mental health first aid online ​ Private group training: If you have six or more people to train you have the option to chose your own dates and schedule.
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Youth Mental Health First Aid Course Outline

Session 1

About Mental Health

  • About Youth Mental Health First Aid

  • Context: England’s child health care policy

  • About mental health – facts and figures

  • Risk factors for mental ill health

  • Protective factors for mental health

  • Preventing mental health issues and promoting wellbeing

  • The Youth MHFA action plan: ALGEE

Session 2

Depression and Anxiety

  • About depression – facts and figures

  • Signs and symptoms

  • Risk factors

  • About anxiety disorders – facts and figures

  • Signs and symptoms

  • Risk factors

  • The MHFA action plan for depression and anxiety: ALGEE

Session 3

Suicide and Phycosis

  • About suicide

  • Risk factors and warning signs for suicide

  • First aid for suicidal crisis

  • About psychosis

  • Risk factors and warning signs of psychosis

  • Types of psychotic disorders

  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis

  • The MHFA action plan for psychosis: ALGEE

Session 4

Self Harm and Eating Disorders 

  • About self-harm – facts and figures

  • Risk factors

  • Signs and symptoms

  • The MHFA action plan for self-harm: ALGEE

  • About eating disorders – facts and figures

  • Different types of eating disorders

  • The MHFA action plan for eating disorders: ALGEE

  • Recovery

Youth Mental Health First Aid Courses

Youth Mental Health First Aid Online

Youth Mental Health First Aid Birmingham

Youth Mental Health First Aid Brighton

Youth Mental Health First Aid Chelmsford

Youth Mental Health First AidIsle of Wight

Youth Mental Health First Aid London

Youth Mental Health First Aid Milton Keynes

If you are a school or organisation with 6 or more people to train then ask about our private group training options which are available anywhere in England - contact groups@tranpsiretraining.com or 01277 801844

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