Youth Mental Health First Aid & Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Places are free for those who live or work in the Lancashire County Council area.

These training courses normally cost around £200-300 for a 2 day course, but are being offered free of charge by LCC Public Health. Because places are very limited, we do need to charge £50 per person or late cancellation and non-attendance.

Please be aware that in order to complete the course and avoid this fee you will need to attend the full course.

It will not be possible for you to leave early or miss a section of the delivery once you have booked onto the training. Please keep course dates in your diary and arrange cover for any emergencies which might crop up.


If you live or work in the Lancashire County Council districts and work within Children and Young People and / or Adult providing support on any level, you are eligible to apply for a free place.



The training is delivered by a pool of experienced, qualified trainers who come from a variety of backgrounds including; voluntary sector, health, schools, and self-employed trainers, as a result enhancing the delivery and applicable learning to the workplace.


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.

These are:

  • 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.

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