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Youth Mental Health First Aid print version | course feedback

Duration: This is a two day course

Tutor(s): Suzanne Pearson.


03/07/2019 and 04/07/2019    
10/12/2019 and 11/12/2019    
01/07/2020 and 02/07/2020    

Course Outline

This 2 day intensive course is about the help that can be given to a young person experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is obtained. Aimed at anyone who supports young people aged 8-18, you will develop skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues, listen and reassure, offer first aid and guide young people towards the support they need. You will leave with a handbook and tools to help you respond to crisis, look after your own mental health and create a mentally healthy, supportive environment in your family, school, peer group or community.    


YMHFA does not teach people to be therapists. However, it does teach people how to recognise the symptoms of mental health problems, how to provide initial help and how to guide a young person towards appropriate professional help if necessary.    


By the end of the course participants will have had opportunities to:

• Gain an in depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing

• Explore practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues

• Develop confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress

• Enhance interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening

• Gain 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

• Improve their ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive

• Identify tools to look after your own mental wellbeing


Please contact us for an up to date course outline.    
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