Mental Health First Aid England

Youth Mental Health First Aid 2 Day, 1 Day and Half Day Training

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

MHFA England offer a range of courses tailored for people who teach, work, live with and care for young people aged 8 to 18. The courses can be attended by anyone from age 16 upwards. Each and every MHFA England course is delivered by a quality assured Instructor Member.

What will I learn?

What you learn will depend on the length of course you attend.

Half Day – Mental Health Aware (available online)

An introductory course designed to increase awareness of young people’s mental health and some of the issues that can affect this age group.

One Day – MHFA Champions

Teaches you how to identify when a young person might be experiencing a mental health issue and how to guide them to get the help they need.

Two Day – Mental Health First Aiders

Provides a more in depth understanding of specific mental health issues and is delivered in four manageable chunks: − What is mental health? − Depression and anxiety − Suicide and psychosis − Self-harm and eating disorders It focuses on the issues faced by young people today, such as cyber bullying and substance misuse, and teaches how to promote protective factors and good parenting. Completing the two day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider

How will attending a Youth MHFA course help?

Each of the courses will increase awareness around young people’s mental health. The two day course will allow you to develop practical skills to identify a range of mental health issues and support a young person to get the help they need.

Research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA England course: −

  • Raises awareness and mental health literacy
  • Reduces stigma around mental ill health
  • Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
  • Promotes early intervention which enables recovery

Youth MHFA in education

We believe that the most effective way to safeguard young people and foster whole school wellbeing is to train a blend of staff in all schools. Our goal is for these vital skills to be part of initial teacher training so that every young person has access to a Youth Mental Health First Aider. To find out more about Youth MHFA or to book onto a course, please contact: Katie Miller

What Have People Said about our courses?

You were easy to follow and I am so looking forward to the next one on Wednesday.’

Hi Katie.  Thank you so much for a great course this morning, it was thought provoking and extremely informative and, of course, very important.’

‘I would recommend this course for anyone working with others, specifically in schools.’

‘Katie was an excellent tutor with fantastic knowledge. I learnt so much in the 3 hours. Thank you.’

‘This course was brilliant! I love how interactive it was and how connected I feel we were as a group. Katie has so much knowledge on mental health and I can’t wait to do the 2 day course. I feel like I understand mental health issues and the stigma surrounding this much better. I am going to take better care of myself so I am better equipped to help others! Thank you again :)’

‘Really helpful & felt like a safe space to open up.’

‘great taster, has left me wanting to know more’

‘Course handbook is very helpful and informative and will enable me to further up-level my knowledge and skills prior to and following the training I received. The course required a lot of interaction via the Chat function and it was useful to see other participants’ responses. The course was well-paced.’

‘A super course and good related resources. Would be interested in further courses on the subject.Thank you’

‘Good quality course and handbook is very helpful’

‘I found it extremely useful and very interesting – I would love to explore the other courses on offer!’

‘Katie was super organised and great at presenting the information.She engaged us all throughout the session.Thank youAndrew’

‘To put my scores in context, I worked for 4 years in NHS mental health services (both adult and CAMHS). I was very impressed with the content of the half day course and it was a good refresher for me, allowing me to put my previous experience within the context of schools and my pupils.’

How much are the courses?

2 Day – £300 per person/SSSP Silver schools £150 per person

1 Day – £150 per person/SSSP Silver schools £75 per person

Half Day – £75 per person/SSSP Silver schools £25 per person

About us

Sutton Schools Sport Partnership, established since 2014, consists 5 qualified and experienced education professionals. Either secondary or primary trained we firmly believe our strength lies upon this foundation.

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