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.

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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 – 15 July 2024 9.30am-4.30pm
Session 2 – 18 July 2024  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

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