Mental Health First Aid
What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.
Mental Health First Aid won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis.
Why become a Youth Mental Health First Aider?
Let’s start with the statistics. One in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time. Suicide is the leading cause of death for those aged 5-19.
In an average group of 30 15-year-olds:
Seven are likely to have been bullied
Six may be self-harming
One could have experienced the death of a parent
Who is the course great for?
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.
This two day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider, giving you:
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
I love the youth course, understanding is very helpful!
If there had been a Youth Mental Health First Aider in the school when I was experiencing a traumatic event, I believe the early intervention would've helped me so much , a lack of understanding was so unhelpful. Having the ability to listen is invaluable.
"Loved it, gained a lot more knowledge, would defo recommend it"