Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

I was feeling that what I knew about mental health wasn’t enough for the work I was doing with young people. We’ve seen a lot in the media over recent years about it and I felt I needed more knowledge so I could be better equipped to helping young people I work with.

For those aged 5-19 years, suicide is
the second most common cause of death.
– Taken from Youth MHFA

After having a little look around for a course, I found the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training course (Youth MHFA) and that there was a course held in Manchester, not too far from my home.

“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.”
– Taken from Youth MHFA

In an average group of 30 15-year-olds:
7 are likely to have been bullied
6 may be self-harming
1 could have experienced the death of a parent
– Taken from Youth MHFA

Like most people, I had very little real understanding of mental health and the course was packed full of information on depression, anxiety, suicide, self harm, psychosis and eating disorders. Jane, the trainer, was very lovely, friendly and an excellent trainer. We were trained in how to respond to a young person experiencing a mental health emergency or mental health issues, how they might be feeling and thinking and where to get further help. The manual we were given is full of information and resources and I’ve referred to it many times since completing the course.

After the course I felt much more confident in this area and have already been able to help 3 young people, give them and their schools resources and guide them towards what to do next.

I highly recommend the course to everyone working with young people.
Every secondary school in England is entitled to one free place on a Youth MHFA One Day course through the Youth MHFA in Schools programme.
For more information, click here.
Contact the Youth MHFA Schools Team: schools@mhfaengland.org