Youth Mental Health First Aid provides you with an understanding of how common mental health issues may affect young people.
Mental health describes our wellbeing, both social and emotional.
To develop in a healthy way it is important that young people, and those who care for them, take care of their mental health.
Being able to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health in young people can prevent long term negative effects.
At The Mind Map we are passionate about young people being able to access and receive support.
MHFA training was developed because many people lack the confidence or skills necessary to help someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
Many possess stigmatising attitudes, and lack the confidence to be able to help a young person with a mental health problem.
Having good mental health allows young people to
Life can be difficult and confusing for young people.
Everyone’s teenage experience is different, but being a young person today can be very challenging.
Young people are exploring their identities and planning for their futures.
Stressors like exams, relationships, friends, family and even bullying.
For teenagers, emotions can feel particularly intense.
The pandemic has also had a major effect on youth mental health.
4.1 million young people have had symptoms of poor mental health during the pandemic
76% of teenagers said lockdown worsened their mental health and caused physical symptoms
52% of teenagers have turned to harmful coping mechanisms as a result of the pandemic
57% of teens don’t feel optimistic about their future or feel they don’t know what it holds
One in ten young people have experienced a mental health issue.
Another stark statistic is that suicide is the leading cause of death for those aged 5-19.
There are many different reasons young people could be struggling.
Academic pressure, social media, bullying, poverty, lack of support.
Severe disorders are typically preceded by less severe disorders that are often not spotted!
That’s why having adults who are trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid is so vital.
It may enable you to prevent a crisis from happening.
It will allow you to provide much needed support to a young person who otherwise might not know where to turn.
Let’s explore the different options available for Youth Mental Health First Aid!
This will qualify you as a Youth MHFA Champion.
When you are qualified as a Youth MHFA Champion, you will:
The Youth Half Day course aims to raise awareness of young people’s mental health over an introductory three hour session.
The course will provide you with:
For more information about our Youth MHFA: Half Day Course, click here.
Completion of qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.
You’ll then be able to:
What to Expect on this Youth MHFA training?
A discussion about why the group has chosen to learn about Youth Mental Health First Aid.
The group will discuss the broader definitions of mental health and mental ill health.
The group will also explore the stigma and discrimination that surrounds mental health.
A number of topics will be explored, including:
The group will then explore the recovery process for youths experiencing mental ill health.
They will also explore resilience in the face of mental ill health in young people.
There will be four learning sessions over the two day duration of the course.
For more info about our Youth MHFA: Two Day Course, click here.
The Youth Half Day course aims to raise awareness of youth mental health. It is an introductory three hour session.
The course will provide you with:
To find out more information about the Youth MHFA: Half Day Course, click here.
Each participant receives a certificate and manual to be kept for reference if they complete the course. (This applies to all courses.)
An effective mix of workshop activities, presentations, and group discussions will be used to guide learning on this Youth MHFA Course.
Up to 16 people can take part in these sessions at any one time.
This helps to ensure participants are safe and supported throughout, as this is the instructor’s priority.
Young people are welcome to participate! However, they must have the permission of a parent or guardian if they are under 16 years-old.
You will finish this training with confidence, knowledge and the vital skills to be able to support young people experiencing any Mental Health issues.
We cost the Youth MHFA courses to suit your budget. We can also offer funded places! Just email: [email protected] with your requirements regarding Youth Mental Health First Aid Training.