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Children & Young People’s Mental Health

We are delighted to be running a 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.



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 – this programme has now completed)
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


Also offered is the training for you to become a licensed facilitator of our Mind Fitness sessions, developed as part of our MH4 Schools programme. Mind Fitness is a highly interactive and fun way to engage 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 stressed or anxious.
  • Striving to eliminate stigma and discrimination.
  • The Six Ways to Wellbeing and how these can help keep your mind stay fit and well.
  • Creating culture change around mental health.

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



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.



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.

We are currently approaching the end of the programme, which has been heavily oversubscribed especially for the 2-day Youth MHFA training. All programmes yet to run are shown below. This is the complete offer, there are no further dates/trainings to be added.

Choose your course from the table below, and then go to the online application form.

Note that the MHFA Lite scheduled for Monday 19 February in Rochester has been postponed to Friday 23 March.

Monday 19 MarchMind Fitness Train the Trainer1.30pm - 4.30pmAshford
Friday 23 MarchYouth MHFA Lite9.30am - 12.30pmRochester

Now go the online application form.

This programme is funded by NHS Health Education England.


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