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Youth Mental First Aid

Learner Outcomes

The Youth MHFA course will teach you how to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem in young people
  •  Feel confident helping a young person experiencing a problem
  •  Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm
  • Help prevent a mental health illness from getting worse
  • Help a young person recover faster
  • Guide a young person towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems


Key areas covered within the course include:

  • Promoting emotional, mental, social and psychological well-being
  • Eating disorders
  • Self harm
  • Diversity and Equality issues
  • Substance/Alcohol misuse
  • Suicide
  • Child, adolescent and family psychosocial development
  • Depression/Anxiety/Psychosis
  • Bullying/Cyber bullying
  • Promoting protective factors and good parenting
  • Solution Focussed Therapy


Participants will be given the opportunity to:

  • understand how to integrate solution focused approaches, skills and principles into their practice
  •  understand where to gain on-going support to develop a solution focused approach within their work
  • develop their capacity to construct effective partnerships and agreements with children, young people and their families
  •  develop their ability to listen, communicate and help children, young people and families
  • identify and access their own resources, strengths and skills; to make effective choices and enable lasting change and increased safety
  • consider how to engage and work with children, young people and their families whilst building their resilience
  • learn how to use solution focused techniques (creative and linguistic) in a range of  environments including, child, adolescent and family work, team meetings and inter agency meetings
  • learn how to use solution focused techniques to improve inter agency and inter professional, collaborative working whilst maintaining safety as the primary focus.


Course Length

2 day programme

Target Audience

Teachers, Learning Assistants, SENCO’s, Heads and Deputy heads, Learning mentors

Please see our downloadable version of Youth Mental First Aid