2 day Youth Mental Health First Aider – Tues 26th Feb & Tues 12th March 2019

Date(s) - 26/02/2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Kings College


Available spaces

The Guildford Schools Confederation have organised a new course, which was launched by Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) last year and is accredited by the Royal  Society of Public Health.

The 2 day Youth Mental First Aider is suitable for Heads of Year, Heads of Department, Management, Pastoral Staff, SENCO, HSLW & Youth Workers.

Youth Mental Health First Aiders have:

  • An in depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate
  • Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive
  • Tools to look after their own mental wellbeing
  • MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it.
  • Youth Mental Health First Aider certification

The course is split into 4 sessions spread over 2 days. Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Youth Mental Health First Aid action plan

Day 1 – Tuesday 26th February 2019

Session 1: Youth Mental Health First Aid

  • About Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Context: England’s child health care policy
  • About mental health – facts and figures
  • Risk factors for mental ill health
  • Protective factors for mental health
  • Preventing mental health issues and promoting wellbeing
  • The Youth MHFA action plan: ALGEE


Session 2: Depression and Anxiety

  • About depression – facts and figures
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • About anxiety disorders – facts and figures
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • The MHFA action plan for depression and anxiety: ALGEE


Day 2 – Tuesday 12th March 2019

Session 3: Suicide & Psychosis

  • About suicide
  • Risk factors and warning signs for suicide
  • First aid for suicidal crisis
  • About psychosis
  • Risk factors and warning signs of psychosis
  • Types of psychotic disorders
  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis
  • The MHFA action plan for psychosis: ALGEE


Session 4: Self-harm and eating disorders

  • About self-harm – facts and figures
  • Risk factors
  • Signs and symptoms
  • The MHFA action plan for self-harm: ALGEE
  • About eating disorders – facts and figures
  • Different types of eating disorders
  • The MHFA action plan for eating disorders: ALGEE
  • Recovery

Everyone who completes the course receives

  • A Youth MHFA manual full of information and resources and practical excercises to use in school
  • A certificate to say they are a qualified Youth Mental Health First Aider

Our trainer, Christine Moran, is a Mental Health and Wellbeing Specialist with a particular focus on young people. She has extensive experience in health, education and social care within private, statutory and voluntary sectors. She has also had Mental Health board lead responsibilities in the local authority Families and Children’s service. Her work is now leading training, resource creation, programme delivery, peer projects, research, session work and writing in the mental health arena.

We are pleased to advised we have managed to negotiate a special rate for this course for schools, the usual RRP is £300 per person.

The cost per person for Guildford Confederation Schools is £150 for the course plus £20 for MHFA manual and resources.

Non Confederation schools pay £180 plus £20 for the MHFA manual and resources per person.

Spaces are strictly limited to 16.

More information on MHFA courses can be found at https://mhfaengland.org/.



Bookings are closed for this event.