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 – whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate
Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive
Tools to look after your own mental wellbeing
And qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.
The course is usually priced at £300 but we can offer discounts to those on low incomes. Please get in touch if this applies to you.
This is an online course delivered through the MHFA England Online Learning Hub. Learning takes place through four live training sessions, spread across two weeks, with self-learning activities in between. Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan. We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.
On completion of the course, you will receive:
A certificate of attendance to say you are a Youth Mental Health First Aider
A manual to refer to whenever you need it
A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health
Session One Introduction
Introduction to the Online Youth Mental Health First Aid course and the Online Learning Hub
Why Youth Mental Health First Aid?
What is ALGEE?
What is mental health?
Mental health and stigma
Mental health quiz: Impact of mental health
Risk and protective factors for mental health
The Stress Container
Introduction to the course
Outline of live session 1, the value of Youth Mental Health First Aid
Recap what mental health is
Recap the Mental Health Continuum
Recap why Youth Mental Health First Aid is important
Recap risk and protective factors
The Stress Container
The Frame of Reference
Session Two Depression, Anxiety & Self-Care
Your Stress Container
Your Frame of Reference
What is depression?
What is anxiety?
Introduction to live session 2
Recap of homework after live session 1
Signs and symptoms of depression in a young person
Signs and symptoms of anxiety in a young person
ALGEE for depression and anxiety in a young person
Session Three Suicide & Psychosis
Adolescent brain development
Suicide risk factors
What is psychosis?
Lived experience of psychosis
ALGEE for psychosis
Introduction to live session 3
Explore the impact of suicidal feelings
ALGEE for suicidal crisis
Practice non-judgemental listening skills
Recap warning signs and symptoms of psychosis
Recap ALGEE for psychosis
Session Four Self-Harm, Recovery & Action Planning
What is self-harm?
What are eating disorders?
My action plan for using Youth Mental Health First Aid (completed after live session)
Introduction to live session 4
Recap self-harm, the self-harm continuum
Warning signs of self-harm in young people
ALGEE for self-harm
Recap eating disorders
ALGEE for eating disorders
Applying MHFA to family and carers; the Recovery Tree