Please note bookings are now closed for this programme.

This course is aimed at anybody aged 16 and over who works with, teaches, cares for, or looks after children and young people aged 8-18.

A qualified mental health first aider in a school environment provides a point of contact for students who are experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. This interaction could range from having an initial conversation through to supporting the individual to get appropriate help in a crisis. Mental health first aiders can spot the signs of mental ill health and are valuable in providing early support for someone who may be developing a mental health issue. The programme gives the delegate confidence to step in and support a young person who needs assistance.

Session 123 November 20239:304:30
Session 24 December 20239:304:30

This 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 well being
  • 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 judgmental 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 their own mental well being


The course is  delivered over two full  days in four sessions.  Session 1 first day in the morning.  Session 2 on the same day in the afternoon.  Session 3 and 4 is on day 2.

Session one

  • About Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • About mental health – facts and figures
  • Risk and protective factors for mental ill health
  • Preventing mental health issues and promoting wellbeing
  • The Youth MHFA action plan – ALGEE

Session two

Depression and anxiety

  • About depression and anxiety – facts and figures
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • The MHFA action plan for depression and anxiety  ALGEE

Session three


  • About suicide
  • Risk factors and possible warning signs for suicide
  • Crisis first aid for suicidal behaviour


  • What is psychosis?
  • Signs of psychosis
  • Youth MHFA action planning
  • Treatment and resources for psychosis

Session four

Self-harm and eating disorders

  • What are they?
  • Why are they important?
  • Possible causes
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Treatment and resources
  • Youth MHFA action planning

Everyone who completes the course receives a youth mental health first aid manual and workbook to keep and refer to whenever they need it.  Attendees also receive a certificate of attendance to say they are a youth mental health first-aider.

Session 1 – 23 November 2023 9.30am-4.30pm
Session 2 – 4 December 2023 9.30am-4.30pm

Retford Education Centre

Four sessions held over 2 days

Delivered by:
Deborah WrightWright Mind Training Services Ltd.

£300/No charge for Diverse Academies colleagues