WHO IS PROVIDING THE TRAINING?
An internationally recognised training programme designed specifically for those people that teach, work, live with or care for young people aged 8 – 18.
A 1 day, condensed version of the 2 day course specifically designed for professionals working in an education environment.
ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.
Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop — ASIST can be learned and used by anyone.
Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches people how to identify, understand and help a young person aged 11—18 who may be developing a mental health issue. Developed in Australia in 2000 by Mental Health First Aid and now internationally recognised in 23 countries.
In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.
You will learn how to:
- Provide information, tools and techniques to promote a young person’s mental and emotional wellbeing
Support a young person who might be experiencing mental and emotional distress.
MHFA won’t teach you how to be a therapist, but you will be able to say you’re a Youth Mental Health First Aider
Our Youth MHFA course is split into four manageable chunks.
- What is mental health?
- Depression and anxiety
- Suicide and psychosis
- Self-harm and eating disorders.
Within each section there is clear focus on the issues faced by young people, including bullying/cyber bullying and substance misuse.
The course also teaches the importance of promoting wellbeing and protective factors.
In each section you’ll learn how to:
- Spot the early signs of a mental health issue in young people
- Feel confident helping a young person experiencing mental ill health
- Provide help on a first aid basis
- Help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm
- Help prevent a mental health issue from getting worse
- Help a young person recover faster
- Guide a young person towards the right support
- Reduce the stigma of mental health issues
The sessions will be a mix of presentations, discussions, and group work activities. Everyone who attends the course will receive a copy of the Youth MHFA manual and workbook.
When you have completed the course you will receive a certificate to confirm that you are a trained Youth Mental Health First Aider.