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Youth Mental Health First Aid (2 days)

Youth Mental Health First Aid courses are for everyone who works, lives with, or supports young people (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. This course won't teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

Matt Davies / / 07912 178 655

Youth Mental Health First Aid (2 days)

What is Youth Mental Health First Aid?

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. Connect Mental Health offer a range of courses tailored for people who teach, work, live with and care for young people aged 8 to 18. The courses can be attended by anyone from age 16 upwards.

Youth MHFA Two Day course:

Completing our two day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider. Youth Mental Health First Aiders have:
– 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

The course is delivered in four manageable chunks:
– About mental health
– Depression and anxiety
– Suicide and psychosis
– Self-harm and eating disorders

It focuses on the issues faced by young people today, such as cyber bullying and substance misuse, and teaches how to promote protective factors and good parenting. Everyone who completes the course gets a Youth MHFA manual to refer to whenever they need it, and a certificate to say they are a Youth Mental Health First Aider, which is valid for 3 years.

Session Times:

The course is made up of a series of pre-learning activities, and 4 virtual classroom sessions. Attendance at all 4 sessions, and completion of all pre-learning activities, are mandatory as part of the certification process.

Session 1: Wednesday 28th July, 5:30-8:30pm
Session 2: Saturday 31st July, 9:00am-12:00pm
Session 3: Tuesday 3rd August, 5:30-8:30pm
Session 4: Saturday 7th August, 9:00am-12:00pm

Course Cost:

In line with both Connect Mental Health's and Get Berkshire Active's mission, to provide accessible and affordable training to all, we are delighted to offer the course at only £85 per person. (RRP = £300.00. Discounts on the RRP have been made available as a result of external funding).

Course requirements:

In order to access this online course, delegates must:

  • Be aged 16 years old or above.
  • Have access to a PC, laptop or tablet. A smartphone device is accepted but functionality can be limited. The device must have access to a microphone and camera as the sessions will be interactive.
  • Have good Wi-Fi access.
  • Be able to complete online pre-session learning activities before each session.
  • Be able to provide a full-postal address to which the course learning materials will be posted.
  • Be working in or living in Berkshire.

Contact Details:

If you have any particular questions about the course content, please get in touch with Connect Mental Health directly; /
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If you have any queries about booking on to the course, please contact Get Berkshire Active:


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