MHFA Training for Youth

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for Youth

The Mainly Mental Health Company is passionate about reducing the impact of mental ill-health on young people and training staff to provide appropriate levels of support.

1 in 8 young people currently meet the criteria for diagnosis of a mental health condition with suicide and self-harm affecting more and more and causing significant concern for those working and living with children and young adults. The current crisis has affected young people disproportionately and, with mental health services under increasing pressure, it has never been so important to increase awareness among non-professionals so that young people receive intervention as early as possible.

Youth MHFA training provides non-professionals with more confidence to spot signs, respond appropriately and help create a more open environment in which staff and students can talk about mental health. The courses are developed and quality controlled by MHFA England and are only delivered by approved and trained Instructors. You can choose between half day, 1 day or 2 day programmes to suit your business needs.

By training your staff in Youth MHFA you can:

  • Give staff the tools to keep themselves, their colleagues and their students healthy
  • Enable students to access support early
  • Create an environment where students with long term mental health issues or disabilities can thrive in their learning environment
  • Provide teachers and staff with the skills to pro-actively support staff to manage mental health.
  • Stop preventable health issues arising by building a supportive culture around mental health
  • Embed positive, long term cultural change across your school, college or university through robust policy

Youth Mental Health First Aider

Delivered over 1 day in the classroom or 2 half day sessions online, this course certifies you as a Higher Education Champion

  • A deeper understanding of the issues that relate to student and staff mental health
  • Skills to spot early signs of mental ill health
  • Confidence to have a conversation about metal health
  • How to signpost someone to support – whether that’s through self-help resources, university counselling services, the NHS, or a mix
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. Young people are welcome on the course but if you’re under the age of 16 we need consent from your parent or guardian.

The day includes a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. All delegates will receive the Youth MHFA Champion manual, workbook and plastic action plan.

 

Higher Education MHFA Champion Course outline:

Session 1

  • What is mental health?
  • Impact of mental health issues
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Alcohol,drugs and mental health
  • First aid for depression and anxiety
  • Cognitive distortions and CBT

Session 2

  • Suicide figures and risk factors
  • First aid for suicidal crisis
  • Self-harm and first aid for self-harm
  • Eating disorders and first aid for eating disorders
  • Psychosis and first aid for psychosis
  • Working with case studies
  • Recovery
  • Building a mentally healthy higher education community

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Youth MHFA Champion Training

Delivered over 1 day in the classroom or 2 half day sessions online, this course certifies you as a Youth MHFA Champion who has:

  • An understanding of common mental health issues and how they can affect young people
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health in young people and guide them to a place of support
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. Young people are welcome on the course but if you’re under the age of 16 we need consent from your parent or guardian.

The day includes a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. All delegates will receive the Youth MHFA Champion manual, workbook and plastic action plan.

 

YOUTH MHFA CHAMPION COURSE OUTLINE:

Session 1

  • Why Youth MHFA One Day?
  • What is mental health and mental ill health?
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • Depression
  • Suicide

Session 2

  • Anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Recovery
  • Resilience

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MHFA Higher Education Champion

Delivered over 2 days in the classroom or a blend of self-learning and 4 short, live sessions online, this course certifies delegates as Youth Mental Health First Aiders who have:

  • An understanding of common mental health issues and how they can affect young people
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health in young people and guide them to a place of support
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. Young people are welcome on the course but if you’re under the age of 16 we need consent from your parent or guardian.

The day includes a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. All delegates will receive the Youth MHFA Champion manual, workbook and plastic action plan.

 

YOUTH MHFA CHAMPION COURSE OUTLINE:

Session 1

  • Why Youth MHFA One Day?
  • What is mental health and mental ill health?
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • Depression
  • Suicide

Session 2

  • Anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Recovery
  • Resilience

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Youth Mental Health Aware Training

Delivered over 3 – 4 hours in the classroom or online, this course raises awareness of youth mental health.

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities.

The session covers:
  • Language and mental health issues
  • What is mental health?
  • Mental health conditions
      • Depression
      • Anxiety disorders
      • Psychosis
      • Self-harm
      • Eating disorders
      • Personality disorders
      • Alcohol, illegal drugs and mental health
  • Supporting young people in distress
  • Mental and emotional wellbeing

We limit numbers to 25 in the classroom or 16 online so that the Instructor can keep delegates safe and supported while they learn.

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. All delegates will receive the Youth Mental Health Aware manual and workbook.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Refresher Training

MHFA England requires MHFAiders to refresh their learning at least every 3 years. This Youth Refresher is currently in development.

Contact MMH for further information on how you can support your Youth MHFAiders in the meantime.

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