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Children & Young People’s Mental Health

We are delighted to announce a new 12 month programme of training to support the mental health of vulnerable children and young people. Training is offered at locations across Kent.

The programme is intended to improve mental health outcomes for ‘Children and young people who have greater vulnerability to mental health problems but who find it more difficult to access help’ (Future in Mind, 2015). The training is free if your work involves supporting children and young people who are more at risk of developing mental health problems. See the eligibility criteria below.

 

Programme

The programme offers the acclaimed Youth Mental Health First Aid (Youth MHFA) training in three formats:

MHFA England logoYouth Mental Health First Aid (the original full two day course)
Youth MHFA for Schools and Colleges (a one day course designed especially for educational environments)
Youth MHFA Lite (an introductory three hour awareness course)

The training provides information, tools and techniques to promote a young person’s mental and emotional wellbeing and to enable participants to support a young person who might be experiencing mental and emotional distress. You will learn how to:

  • spot the early signs of a mental health problem in young people
  • help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm
  • feel confident in helping a young person experiencing a problem
  • provide help on a first aid basis
  • help prevent a mental illness from getting worse
  • guide a young person towards the right support
  • help a young person recover faster
  • reduce the stigma of mental health problems

 

MH4 schools logoAlso offered is the training for you to become a licensed facilitator of our Mind Fitness sessions, developed as part of out MH4 Schools programme. Mind Fitness is a highly interactive and fun way to engage children and young people (aged 7 and over) in understanding more about mental health and wellbeing. Mind Fitness sessions are flexible and are designed to be used throughout the academic year in amongst other planned sessions. Insights and better understanding of mental health and fitness are achieved through props, short demonstrations and discussion. Topics covered include:

  • Mental health including the links with physical health, feeling fizzed up/stressed, anxiety.
  • Striving to eliminate stigma and discrimination within your school or group.
  • The Six Ways to Wellbeing and how these can help keep your mind stay fit and well.
  • Why it can be good to talk, and who to talk to in your school or group.

Mind Fitness Train the Trainer is a three hour course that will equip you with the skills and materials to deliver Mind Fitness to children and young people.

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for these free trainings, your work must involve supporting children and young people who are more at risk of developing mental health problems because of their circumstances, background or experiences, and who are likely to struggle to access services. Vulnerable groups include, but are not limited to, children and young people who are:

  • looked-after, adopted or fostered
  • leaving care/foster care
  • in contact with the youth justice system
  • associating with gangs or showing antisocial behaviour
  • survivors of abuse
  • supported by early help
  • at socio-economic disadvantage
  • young carers
  • unaccompanied asylum seekers
  • marginalised, stigmatised or discriminated against
  • with special educational needs and/or learning difficulties

This is not an exhaustive list. If you believe you or your organisation are supporting children and young people who have greater vulnerability to mental health problems then you are likely to be eligible for the programme.

Health Education England require all participants to have an appropriate and current DBS check in place.

 

Apply

Places will be offered on a first come first serve basis. In the event that we have more applicants than places we will operate a waiting list, so book early to avoid disappointment.

All Youth MHFA courses are now open for applications. Mind Fitness Train the Trainer courses begin in September, dates and locations to be added soon. Choose your course from the table below, and then go to the online application form.

DatesCourseTimeLocation
Tue 19 & Wed 20 JuneYouth MHFA (FULL - waiting list only)9am - 5pmSittingbourne
Thu 22 & Fri 23 JuneYouth MHFA (FULL - waiting list only)9am - 5pmTunbridge Wells
Mon 26 & Tue 27 JuneYouth MHFA (FULL - waiting list only)9am - 5pmCanterbury
Tuesday 27 JuneYouth MHFA Schools/Colleges (FULL - waiting list only)9am - 5pmDover
Thu 29 & Fri 30 JuneYouth MHFA (FULL - waiting list only)9am - 5pmTonbridge
Mon 17 & Tue 18 JulyYouth MHFA (FULL - waiting list only)9am - 5pmRochester
Tue 25 July & Wed 26 July
Youth MHFA (FULL - waiting list only)9am - 5pmSevenoaks
Thu 10 & Fri 11 AugYouth MHFA (FULL - waiting list only)9am - 5pmAshford
Tuesday 5 SeptYouth MHFA Lite9.30am - 12.30pmTunbridge Wells
Wednesday 6 SeptYouth MHFA Lite9.30am - 12.30pmRochester
Thursday 7 SeptYouth MHFA Schools/Colleges9am - 5pmSevenoaks
Friday 8 SeptYouth MHFA Schools/Colleges9am - 5pmMargate
Mon 11 & Tue 12 SeptYouth MHFA (FULL - waiting list only)9am - 5pmSevenoaks
Thu 14 & Fri 15 SeptYouth MHFA (FULL - waiting list only)9am - 5pmChatham
Thu 21 & Fri 22 SeptYouth MHFA (FULL - waiting list only)9am - 5pmDover
Mon 25 & Tue 26 SeptYouth MHFA (FULL - waiting list only)9am - 5pmTunbridge Wells
Monday 2 OctYouth MHFA Lite9.30am - 12.30pmSevenoaks
Tuesday 3 OctYouth MHFA Lite9.30am - 12.30pmSittingbourne
Wednesday 4 OctYouth MHFA Lite9.30am - 12.30pmChatham
Wednesday 4 OctYouth MHFA Lite9.30am - 12.30pmBroadstairs
Friday 6 OctYouth MHFA Lite9.30am - 12.30pmTunbridge Wells
Mon 9 & Tue 10 OctYouth MHFA (FULL - waiting list only)9am - 5pmTonbridge
Wed 11 & Thu 12 OctYouth MHFA (FULL - waiting list only)9am - 5pmSittingbourne
Mon 16 & Tue 17 Oct Youth MHFA (FULL - waiting list only)9am - 5pmMargate
Wed 18 & Thu 19 OctYouth MHFA (FULL - waiting list only)9am - 5pmCanterbury
Wednesday 1 NovYouth MHFA Lite9.30am - 12.30pmTonbridge
Thursday 2 NovYouth MHFA Lite9.30am - 12.30pmDover
Friday 3 NovYouth MHFA Lite9.30am - 12.30pmCanterbury
Monday 6 NovYouth MHFA Lite9.30am - 12.30pmMargate
Wednesday 22 NovYouth MHFA Lite9.30am - 12.30pmRochester
Monday 4 DecYouth MHFA Lite9.30am - 12.30pmChatham
Tuesday 5 DecYouth MHFA Lite9.30am - 12.30pmSevenoaks
Monday 8 JanYouth MHFA Lite9.30am - 12.30pmTunbridge Wells
Tuesday 9 JanYouth MHFA Lite9.30am - 12.30pmSittingbourne
Wednesday 10 JanYouth MHFA Lite9.30am - 12.30pmRochester

Now go the online application form.

This new programme is funded by NHS Health Education England.

 

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