Youth Mental Health First Aid

Dudley Mind is able to deliver Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training courses to organisations based in the Black Country area.

As well as delivering Adult MHFA courses to organisations, we are also able to deliver the youth variant of MHFA to schools, colleges or for anyone who’s work involves working with children and young people aged between 8 – 18 years old. 

We use fully accredited MHFA trainers who all have many years of experience successfully delivering Mental Health First Aid courses to a wide range of schools, colleges and organisations across the country.

What is Youth Mental Health First Aid? 

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.

Our courses won’t teach you to be a therapist, but we will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening. 

But more than that, we aim to give you the information and skills to look after your own mental health so that you can set an example for young people. By giving you the tools to have these conversations, we hope to empower you to create a mentally healthy, supportive environment in your family, school, peer group or community.
Source: https://mhfaengland.org/individuals/youth/

 

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Half Day 

The half day course is an introductory three hour session to raise awareness of young people’s mental health.

It is designed to give:

  • An understanding of some of the common mental health issues affecting young people, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis
  • Skills to work more effectively with young people living with mental health issues
  • Ways to support young people with a mental health issue and relate to their experiences
  • A taste of the contents of the Youth MHFA Two Day course

What to expect

We limit numbers to 25 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. 

You will get a manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it. When you complete the session you’ll get a certificate to say you are Youth Mental Health Aware.

Course structure

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
  • Supporting young people in distress
  • Mental and emotional wellbeing

Youth Mental Health First Aid One Day

Our one day course qualifies you as a Youth MHFA Champion.

Youth MHFA Champions 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

What to expect

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.

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. When you complete the course you will get:

  • A Youth MHFA manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Youth MHFA Champion

Course structure

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

Youth Mental Health First Aid Two Day

Our Youth MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

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 – 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

What to expect

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.

Learning takes place across four manageable sessions. Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Youth Mental Health First Aid action plan.

When you complete the course you will get:

  • A Youth MHFA manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A workbook including some helpful tools to support your own mental health
  • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Youth Mental Health First Aider

Course structure

Session 1

Youth Mental Health First Aid

  • 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 psychosis

  • 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

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

Ready to find out more?

For more information on our MHFA and other mental health training courses and how we can help your organisation please contact Mark Evans on 01384 442938 or email mark.evans@dudleymind.org.uk

Dudley Mind also provide other types of mental health training which can be tailored to your business needs, including Managing Mental Health at Work and Employee Resilience. Please visit the Mental Health Training & Workplace Wellbeing section of our website for more information.

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