Youth Mental Health First Aid

IMG 1975Sutton SSP believe that Mental Health and Physical Health go hand in hand, you can't have one without the other. Increasing knowledge and awareness in mental health will help all staff to support their communities fostering improved safeguarding and wellbeing.

 

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

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 MHFAE 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.

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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

What Have People Said about our courses?

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

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

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

What will I learn?

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

Half Day Mental Health Aware

An introductory 3 hour course designed to increase awareness of young people’s mental health and some of the issues that can affect this age group, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis. It will equip you with skills to support and work more effectively with young people and help you relate to their experiences.

It can be delivered either face to face or online and learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities.

Group sizes are a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 25 face to face or 16 online. If online, it will be divided into two sessions of 1.5 hours delivered within a week.

Everyone who completes the session gets:

  • A certificate to say you are Youth Mental Health Aware
  • A manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it

COST: £75

Sessions include a Higher or Lower activity, What is mental health?, Protective and risk factors, Stigma and discrimination, Mental Health Continuum, Protective and risk factors case studies, Self-harm and suicide, Signs and symptoms of mental ill health in young people, Stress Container, Hand Model of the Brain, Take Time Together, Signposting to professional and self-help, Safeguarding, Recovery, Self-awareness and self-care, Action for Happiness: GREAT DREAM, Personal pledge, Wider perspective

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‘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.’


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

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

 

One Day Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion

This one day course qualifies you as a Youth MHFA Champion, giving you:

  • An understanding of common mental health issues and how they can affect young people
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health in young people and guide them to a place of support
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing
  • 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.

It can be delivered either face to face or online and learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. Numbers are limited to 16 people per course in order to keep people safe and supported while they learn.

If online, the course is split into 2 sessions of 2.5 hours delivered within a week.

Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A certificate of attendance 
  • A Youth MHFA manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A workbook including some helpful tools to support your own mental health
  • Pocket-sized ALGEE action plan

COST: £150

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‘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 :)'

‘Good quality course and handbook is very helpful'

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

Two Day Youth Mental Health First Aid

This course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider, giving you:

  • 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

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

This can be delivered in 2 days face to face or online through the MHFA England Online Learning Hub where learning takes place through four live training sessions spread across one to two weeks, with independent learning activities in between.

Each session is built around a Youth Mental Health First Aid action plan

Numbers are limited to 16 people per course in order to keep people safe and supported while they learn

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 some helpful tools to support your own mental health
  • Pocket-sized ALGEE action plan

COST: £300

 

‘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.’

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