4 reasons to take a Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

Did you know that 75% of mental health issues start before a person is 18? Or that three children in every classroom suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition? Young people are experiencing a mental health crisis of unprecedented proportions and with Child and Adolescent Mental Health services having their budget slashed left, right and centre, there has never been a greater need for more awareness and training in this area.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) 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.

Here’s 4 reasons why you should consider getting trained up:

  1. You can help a child recover from a mental illness

Mental Health First Aid is not about training you up to be a therapist. It’s about giving you the skills and awareness you need to spot signs of a mental health problem developing in a young person, intervene and signpost them towards professional help. In doing so, you can speed up a young person’s recovery and stop things from getting worse.

2. It’s very topical

The course materials feature topics such as cyberbullying, social media and body-image which are top of the list of young people’s concerns. In fact, in the first week of 2018 the Children’s Commissioner published a report ‘Life In Likes’ about the impact of social media on young people which showed how the digital world is changing the lives of children.

3.You get a qualification out of it!

Completing the two-day Youth Mental Health First Aid course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider and you get a certificate to prove this. It also counts as CPD points for many professions.

4. Top-notch instructors

Both Pamela and Rachel have lived experience of mental illness in their teens. Pamela has worked with many young people who are in crisis, including those in the prison system, and young people who have chronic mental health problems. Rachel has worked with MHFA England for four years now and goes into schools to deliver talks on mental health, alongside sharing her experience with new MHFA Instructors who are still in training. She appears in the YMHFA Course materials.

In their last course, 100% of delegates rated both instructors as Excellent.


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