Mental Health First Aid (Youth)
The Online Youth MHFA course is a practical skills and awareness course designed to equip learners with the skills and confidence to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues, and provide support and signposting to self-help, or professional services. The new online version delivers the same evidence-based learning outcomes of the popular ‘face-to-face’ Youth MHFA Two Day course in an accessible, online format. It is structured around a blend of individual learning and live sessions.
Course Structure for Youth MHFA
• Complete Individual learning prior to session 1 (1hr)
• Attend online Live session 1 (3hrs max)
• Complete Individual learning prior to session 2 (1hr 15mins)
• Attend online Live session 2 (3hrs max)
• Complete Individual learning prior to session 3 (1hr 20mins)
• Attend online Live session 3 (3hrs max)
• Complete Individual learning prior to session 4 (1hr 35mins)
• Attend online Live session 4 (3hrs max)
By the end of this course, delegates should be able to:
• An 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
• Ability to support a young person with a long-term mental health issue to thrive
• Tools to look after your own mental wellbeing
Course Duration: 16 hours
Pre-course work: There are four individual learning modules to complete, prior to each live session. Printed material will be sent to students a minimum of 1 week before the first live session. Individual learning will be a mix of reading, videos and workbook activities.
Assessment: Demonstrate understanding through discussion, response to questions and feedback from group activities.
Other courses for development
Talk2Me Save a Life (Suicide: Let’s talk). (Zero Suicide Alliance)
Understanding depression and low mood in young people (FutureLearn)
Supporting adolescent learners: Social and emotional wellbeing. (FutureLearn)
Other courses for development available
Who Should Apply?
Open to all officers and staff who work with young people and would like to become Youth Mental Health First Aiders.