Youth Mental Health First Aid

Training to help you develop the skills to step in and help a young persons mental health

nasen has accredited instructors, approved by MHFA England to deliver Youth Mental Health First Aider training (two-day) and Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion training (one-day). The MHFA instructor training programme is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health. 


Key facts about mental health in young people:

  • One in eight (12.8%) of 5 – 19 year olds had at least one mental disorder when assessed in 2017 (NHS Digital, 2017)
  • Half of mental ill health starts by age 15 and 75% develops by age 18 (Department of Health, 2009)
  • One in four 11 to 16 year olds with a mental disorder have self-harmed or attempted suicide (NHS Digital, 2017)


Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is for anyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. This training helps the adults in a young person's life to have the skills and confidence to step in, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. 


Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses


Half Day Training (online)

Being Youth Mental Health Aware you will be able to:

  • Define mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Relate to young people’s experiences
  • Recognise some signs of mental health distress
  • Start a supportive conversation about mental ill health
  • Practise self-care


One Day Training

Youth Mental Health First Aid Champions have:

  • An understanding of common mental health issues and how they affect young people;
  • Ability to recognise signs of mental ill health in young people and guide them to a place of support;
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness;
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing.

Two Day Training

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 non-judgemental listening;
  • Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support;
  • Ability to support a young person with a long-term mental health issue or disability to thrive;
  • Tools to look after your own mental wellbeing.


Upcoming events

Introduction to Social, Emotional Mental Health

Events - 21 Jan 2021

This session, suitable for SENCOs, teachers and support staff, will introduce SEMH, the many ways in which children and young ...



Register your interest

If you are interested in attending one of our Youth Mental Health First Aid courses but cannot find a date/location to suit you, then please let us know and we will update you as soon as any new courses and dates are announced.


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