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.

Hear why you should become a Youth Mental Health First Aider from course participant Carla Loveday, Senior Paralegal at CooperBurnett Solicitors and mum of teenagers.


Become a Youth Mental Health First Aider:

The Online Youth Mental Health First Aid course (equivalent to the face-to-face 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.

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 £250 per person. This offer is only available to people who live, work or study within the West Kent area.

Are you a teacher or NHS worker? We are offering a 10% discount on all our courses, please get in touch for more details.

If you would like further information or to be advised about future course dates, or would like to book for more than 4 delegates, please email us.