Young Mental Health First Aid (Reading)


RISC Global Cafe
35-39 London Street
Contact Name
Mekaya Gittens
Contact Email
Contact Telephone
01628 472 851
Thu, 25 Oct 2018 (18:00 - 21:00)
Team Berkshire
Coaches, First Aid, Instructors, Mental Health, Sports Education Week, StreetGames, Training
Mental health is just as important to our overall wellbeing as physical health, in some cases more so, yet we tend to pay far less attention to it. The mental health of young people is particularly important. Half of all long-term mental illness in adulthood starts by 15 and three quarters by 18.

Youth workers and coaches can do a great deal to prevent this, without being experts. We train to give physical first aid without hesitation – so why not mental first aid too?

What Is It About?

Learners will explore the most common mental health conditions experienced by young people and discover what youth and sport workers can do to prevent and/or intervene when needed. The 'Lite' version provides a taster of the content for the 'Full' course. Learners on the full course cover topics such as child and adolescent development, bullying and cyber bullying, substance misuse and protective factors.

Learners will be able to:

  • challenge the discrimination surrounding mental health
  • define mental health & common issues
  • relate to other people's experiences
  • look after their own mental health
  • protect a young person who may be at risk
  • spot the signs of mental health issues in young people
  • give help, support and guidance to any young person who needs it

The Youth MHFA course is split up into four manageable chunks. These are:

  • What is mental health?
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Suicide and psychosis
  • Self harm, substance misuse and eating disorders
  • You will also cover other topics specific to young people that include child and adolescent development, psychosis, bullying/cyber bullying and promoting protective factors and good parenting.

The Youth MHFA course usually takes place over two full days. However, the delivery of this course is very flexible and may be delivered over a number of sessions. The sessions will be a mix of presentation, group discussions and group work activities. Our instructors provide a very safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don't feel comfortable joining in certain bits, then don't. We won't make you do something you aren't comfortable with.

Youth MHFA teaches practical skills that can be used every day.

It gives a deeper understanding to the complex issues relating to young people and mental health.
It helps people recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and enables them to provide initial help.
It enables a young person to access appropriate professional help.
MHFA England has a proven track record and demonstrates its effectiveness through evaluation.


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