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15th November 2017

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Mental health and emotional issues often develop during adolescence. Half of young adults with mental health issues have symptoms by the age of 15, and nearly 75% by their late teens.



The Department of Health has committed to fund over 3,000 places on the Youth Mental Health First Aid One Day course over the next three years, so that by 2020 at least one person in every state secondary school in England has MHFA skills.

What do you learn on a Youth MHFA course?

Youth MHFA provides teachers and frontline professionals working with young people the skills and confidence to spot common signs and triggers of mental health issues, as well as the knowledge and confidence to help. Through a mix of presentations, discussions and activities, the course covers these key topics:

  • What is mental health?
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Suicide and psychosis
  • Self-harm and eating disorders

To find more information and resources on the Youth MHFA in Schools programme, please visit mhfaengland.org/mhfa-centre/schools-programme  

If you work in or with a school that would be willing to host one of the first 100 training courses MHFA England would love to hear from you. In return the school will be offered up to four additional places per course.

Please register your interest by emailing schools@mhfaengland.org  stating where in England the school is located.