Mental Health Aware - MHFA England

Youth Mental Health Aware


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.

This introductory three hour session raises awareness of young people’s mental health. It covers:

  • 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


On completion of this course, you will receive:

  • A certificate of attendance to say you are Youth Mental Health Aware
  • A manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it

Course Plan

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

Three Hour Session

  • Higher or lower activity
  • What is mental health?
  • Protective and risk factors
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Mental Health Continuum
  • Protective and risk factors case studies
  • Self-harm and suicide
  • Signs and symptoms of mental ill health in young people
  • Stress Container
  • Hand Model of the Brain
  • Take Time Together
  • Signposting to professional and self-help
  • Safeguarding
  • Recovery
  • Self-awareness and self-care
  • Action for Happiness: GREAT DREAM
  • Personal pledge
  • Wider perspective


This course requires a minimum of 8 participants to run, and has a maximum capacity of 25 participants.


Third Sector, Education & Community Organisations

Statutory and Business

Per Person £85 £125
Group Rate (8-16 participants) £600 £1000
Group Rate (16-25 participants) £1360 £2000

In addition, charges are added for Instructors’ travel expenses, accommodation and refreshments if outside West Essex, and any venue hire costs incurred.

More Information

This course is available face to face, or virtually on the MHFA England Online Learning Hub.

To find out more about this course or to enquire about booking, please complete the form below:

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