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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

“Just as you don’t need to be a doctor to offer physical first aid, you don’t need to be a Mental Health professional to deliver Mental Health First Aid.”


There has never been a more important time to focus on youth mental health. With 1 in 10 children experiencing a mental health issue at any one time, we need to find ways to support young people.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training is an evidence based course certified by Mental Health First Aid England.

The Youth MHFA course is for anyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18yrs and is filled with information and resources to help young people with their mental health and wellbeing. We believe anyone who comes into contact with young people has the opportunity to play an active role in supporting their mental wellbeing.

You will develop the skills and confidence to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. Evidence says that in doing so, you can speed up a young person’s recovery, stop issues from developing into a crisis, and ultimately save lives.

By giving you the information and skills to look after your own mental health, we want you to set an example for young people. We want you to be able to show young people that mental ill health is a part of life in just the same way as physical ill health, that it’s OK to talk about and it’s OK to ask for help. By giving you the tools to open up these conversations, we hope to empower you to create a mentally healthy, supportive environment in your family, school, peer group, youth group or community and create a culture where talking about feelings is the norm, and stigma associated with mental health is reduced.

This course will provide mental health first aid skills, it won't teach you to be a therapist, but we will teach you to appropriately listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis - and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

If you want to find out more information about the ADULT MHFA training please email: HR.schools@leeds.gov.uk or phone 0113 37 88525.


The Health & Wellbeing Service, Healthy Safety & Wellbeing Service and Youth Offer teams are working in partnership to deliver the Youth Mental Health First Aid course. This course is suitable for all workforce working or interacting with children and young people, including schools, settings, Children & Families Services, 3rd sectors organisation and private providers of service to children and young people.

We limit numbers to 16 delegates per course, with a minimum number of 10 so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. Learning takes place across four manageable sessions. Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Youth Mental Health First Aid action plan.

Session 1: Youth Mental Health First Aid
Session 2: Depression and anxiety
Session 3: Suicide and psychosis
Session 4: Self-harm and eating disorders

Further details regarding the course can be found on our website https://www.schoolwellbeing.co.uk/pages/youth-mental-health-first-aid-training and in the document attached.


Our Youth MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.
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

Everyone who completes the course will be able to take away with them:
  • A Youth MHFA manual to refer to whenever they need it
  • A workbook including some helpful tools to support your own mental health
  • A Youth MHFA lanyard and action card
  • A Youth MHFA pen
  • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Youth Mental Health First Aider

Approval process
Following the programme, delegates will receive a certificate confirming their attendance on the course, and their status as a “Youth Mental Health First Aider”.

Booking Information


£180 per delegate for settings who have an SLA with the Health & Wellbeing Service.
£230 for settings with no current Health & Wellbeing Service SLA.

Duration of Course: You will need to arrive on time (8:45am for a 9am start until 5pm finish) and attend both days to gain accreditation as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Venue: Herd Farm Activity Centre, Eccup Reservoir, Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 7RJ, https://www.herdfarm.co.uk/

Please come to main reception, show your identification badge, sign in and you will be directed to the “Meeting Room”.
Please let us know if you have any access requirements.

Refreshments: Refreshments will be provided on the programme but we ask that you provide your own lunch.

Cancellations: If you cannot attend the course we would ask that you email/phone us ASAP to let us know. You may be subject to a cancellation fee, subject to our terms and conditions.

This course is usually oversubscribed with waiting lists so we would like to offer unused places to others and therefore would appreciate as much notice as possible so that others have the opportunity to block out the time in their diaries.

Please be aware that if numbers fall below 8 on the day the course will have to be cancelled – this is a licence requirement. If you cannot attend both dates outlined due to a reason other than illness or a bereavement, you will not be able continue with the course and will not be entitled to a refund.

Trainers: Your trainers for this programme will be Steven Body (07891 273134) steven.body@leeds.gov.uk and Sue Pennycook (07891 271655) sue.pennycook@leeds.gov.uk.

For more information about the training course please contact Schoolwellbeing@leeds.gov.uk

05 Mar 2020 09:00 - 17:00

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Date and Time

05 Mar 2020 09:00 - 17:00


Herd Farm Activity Centre, Eccup Reservoir, Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 7RJ, https://www.herdfarm.co.uk/


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