Mental Health First Aid – Youth Course

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The Mental Health First Aid – Youth courses are for anyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18.

We train the adults in a young person’s life to have the skills and confidence to step in, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need.

Giving people the tools to open up these conversations, can empower them to create mentally healthy, supportive environments in their families, schools, youth groups and communities.

Qualify as a Youth Mental Health First Aider with our two-day course.

Course aims

•  Preserve life where a young person maybe a danger to themselves or others
•  To provide help to prevent a mental health issue developing into a more serious state
•  To promote the recovery of good mental health
•  To provide comfort to a young person experiencing a mental health issue
•  To raise awareness of mental health issues in the community.
•  To reduce stigma and discrimination

 

Course duration

Course duration is for two full days and the training is intensive. It is delivered in four sessions as follows:

Session 1

• About Youth Mental Health First Aid
• About mental health facts and figures
• Risk factors for mental ill health
• Preventing mental health issues and promoting wellbeing.
• The Youth Mental Health First Aid action plan

Session 2

• About depression facts and figures
• Signs and symptoms
• Risk factors
• About anxiety disorders, facts and figures
• Signs and symptoms

Session 3 

Suicide

Psychosis

 

Session 4

Self harm

eating disorders

 

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
  • Ability to support a young person with a long-term mental health issue or disability to thrive
  • Tools to look after their own mental wellbeing