One in ten children and young people aged between five and sixteen in the UK are experiencing a mental health problem. That amounts to around three in every school class in the country.
MHFA Youth is designed to be delivered to those that work with young people. Participants are trained to spot the signs and symptoms of a mental health problem developing for a young person and guide them towards the right kind of support.
The course covers much of the same material as the adult MHFA Standard course but puts a special emphasis in topics that are very relevant to young people today, such as bullying, cyber-bullying, self harm, eating disorders and substance misuse.
As with Mental Health First Aid this course is usually delivered over two days but, again, its modular nature means that it can be delivered over a more flexibly, in order to fit in with the operational needs of your school or organisation.
The sensitive nature of the material means that groups are limited to a maximum of 16 participants and each leaves the course with a workbook and manual for future reference. Participants also receive a certificate of attendance from the MHFA England CIC.