Youth Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is exactly what you might think – a first aid approach to mental health. MHFA training is an intensive course, delivered by a trained instructor (trained by Mental Health First Aid England) over 2 days, aimed at those without specialist mental health training. In line with the governments Future in Mind policy 2015, all education providers are being encouraged to improve their ‘whole school’ approach to mental health through workforce development and targeted interventions with young adults and we are delivering training in a number of related areas in order to support schools in this.

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Training Dates and Times (2017/2018)

Date Option 1:  18 & 19 January 2018 (FULLY BOOKED)

Times:  9.00am – 4.00pm

Venue:  Altrincham Grammar School for Girls


Date Option 2:  8 & 9 March 2018

Times:  9.00am – 4.00pm

Venue:  Altrincham Grammar School for Girls


Date Option 3:  12 & 13 June 2018

Times:  9.00am – 4.00pm

Venue:  St James Teaching School, Lucas Road, Farnworth, Bolton, Lancashire, BL4 9RU

Closing date for all applications is 2 weeks prior to the start of the course


£300.00 per person

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Suitable for

The course is aimed at anyone working with children and young people (i.e. Teachers, TAs, Pastoral staff, youth workers, staff in children’s services, etc.)

Course aims

The core aims of the programme are to enable participants to:

  • gain a wider understanding, for themselves and others, of some issues surrounding mental health
  • gain a greater understanding of how and why positive and negative mental health affects school
  • work more effectively with children/ young people experiencing mental health problems
  • identify the discrimination surrounding mental health problems
  • help support children/young people with mental health problems, and look after their own mental health
  • begin developing an action plan for promoting positive mental health in the workplace

What does it involve?

Day 1

Session 1: Youth Mental Health First Aid

  • The Youth MHFA Action Plan
  • Definition of mental health
  • Adolescent development
  • Common youth mental disorders
  • Preventing mental health problems
  • Promoting wellbeing and protective factors

Session 2: Depression and Anxiety

  • What are depression and anxiety disorders?
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Possible causes
  • Action planning using MHFA Youth

Day 2

Session 3:  Suicide & Psychosis

  • The facts about suicide
  • Possible warning signs
  • Crisis first aid for suicidal behaviour
  • What is psychosis?
  • Signs of psychosis
  • Action planning using MHFA
  • Treatment and resources for psychosis

Session 4:  Self-harm and eating disorders

  • What are they?
  • Why are they important?
  • Possible causes
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Treatment and resources
  • Action planning using MHFA