Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a 12 hour intensive training course, usually delivered over 2 days. The course provides an overview of common mental health difficulties in young people aged 11 – 18, including the causes, symptoms and treatments.

What are the course aims?

  • 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


The Youth Mental Health First Aid course outline:

Section 1:

  • England’s Child Health Care Policy
  • Definition of mental health
  • Adolescent development
  • Common youth mental disorders
  • Preventing mental health problems
  • Promoting well-being and protective factors
  • The Youth MHFA Action Plan

Section 2 – Anxiety and Depression:

  • What are anxiety and depressive disorders?
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Crisis first aid for panic attacks
  • Treatment and resources

Section 3 – Psychosis and Suicide:

  • The facts about suicide
  • Possible warning signs
  • Crisis first aid for suicidal behaviour
  • What is psychosis?
  • Signs of psychosis
  • Action planning for using MHFA
  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis
  • Treatment and resources for psychosis

Section 4 – Self-harm, substance misuse and eating disorders:

  • What is it
  • Why is it important
  • Possible causes
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Treatment and resources
  • Action Planning using MHFA

The emphasis of the course is on learning through experience.

There will be discussion and inter-active practical exercises throughout the day.

Who should attend?

The course is for anyone who may come into contact with a young person with a mental health difficulty, including stress, either in their workplace or life outside of work.

  • Teaching/School/Education staff
  • Support workers
  • Care givers
  • Psychologists
  • Doctors/Nurses
  • Fire Service
  • Paramedics
  • NHS Staff
  • Social services/Healthcare workers
  • Benefits/Housing advisors
  • Police/Correctional staff
  • Youth workers
  • Job Centre Plus employees
  • Criminal Justice System staff
  • Anyone interested in mental health awareness for young people

Participants are encouraged to express frank opinions and share experiences.

How do I make a booking?

Check for our current courses in the sidebar. If we don’t have a course near you, either call us on 01482 240134, or email