Mental Health First Aid ~ Youth (online)

One in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time. Suicide is the leading cause of death for those aged 5-19.

In an average group of 30 15-year-olds:

  • Seven are likely to have been bullied
  • Six may be self-harming
  • One could have experienced the death of a parent

Record levels of young people are struggling. Academic pressure, social media, bullying, poverty, lack of availability of professional mental health support – all have been named by various sources as contributing to this epidemic of poor mental health in our young people.

It’s clear that young people are not getting the support they need. Key figures in a young person’s life – parents, family members, teachers, tutors, carers, youth workers – can often spot when a young person is struggling but may not know how best to help.

Youth Mental Health First Aid courses are for everyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 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 escalating.

The courses also aim to give you the information and skills to look after your own mental health so that you can set an example for young people. By giving you the tools to have these conversations, we hope to empower you to create a mentally healthy, supportive environment in your family, school, peer group or community.

Become a Youth Mental Health First Aider:

The Youth MHFA 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

Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Youth Mental Health First Aider
  • A Youth MHFA manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health

This is an online course delivered through a bespoke learning and videoconferencing hub.

We are currently taking bookings for the following dates:

Starts Monday 23 November 2020

Mental Health First Aid is the only evidence-based, internationally accredited mental health course which certifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider. This online version of the course provides a platform for an inclusive learning experience and flexibility on delivery over a time period that suits you.


  • Online delivered via the MHFA England Online Learning Hub
  • Four live training sessions over two weeks, with self-learning activities prior to each live session – see dates below for more detail
  • Each session is built around a Youth Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • Maximum 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn

Individual self-learning is based on a combination of videos, workbook activities and reading, which can be done at your own pace in advance of each live training session.

Pre-course check-in: Monday 23 November 2020, 9.30 – 10.15am
Session 1 pre-learningIndividual self-led learning at your own pace; must be completed prior to Session 1 Live1 hour 15 mins
Session 1 LiveTuesday 24 November 20209am – 11.35am
Session 2 pre-learningIndividual self-led learning at your own pace; must be completed prior to Session 2 Live1 hour 15 mins
Session 2 LiveThursday 26 November 20209am – 11.10am
Session 3 pre-learningIndividual self-led learning at your own pace; must be completed prior to Session 3 Live1 hour 20 mins
Session 3 LiveWednesday 2 December 20209am – 11.05am
Session 4 pre-learningIndividual self-led learning at your own pace; must be completed prior to Session 4 Live1 hour 25 mins
Session 4 LiveThursday 3 December 20209am – 11.25am

Note that delegates must complete all individual-learning and live sessions within a single intake in order to receive their certificate.

This course is valued by MHFA England at £300 per person. To make the course accessible to as many people as possible as part of our charitable mission, we are able to offer this at £185 per person. This offer is only available to people who live, work or study within the West Kent area.

To book and securely pay for up to 6 delegates, go to our online booking form.

If you would like further information or to be advised about future course dates, please email us.