Mental Health First Aider - MHFA England

Youth Qualified MHFA

Intro

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 two day course trains you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider®), giving you:

  • 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

Takeaways

On completion of this course, you will receive: 

  • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Youth MHFAider®
  • A YouthMHFAider®  manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A workbook including some helpful tools to support your own mental health

Course Plan

  • Two day face-to-face course delivered across four manageable sessions
  • Each session is built around a Youth Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities

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

Session 4

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

Cost

This course requires a minimum of 8 participants to run, and has a maximum capacity of 16 participants.

 

Third Sector, Education & Community Organisations

Statutory and Business

Per Person £240 £300
Group Rate (12-16 participants) £2400 £3000

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.

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

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