Youth Mental Health First Aid

A part of our Youth Health and Wellbeing Programs, Youth Mental Health First Aid is training for those working or living with young people focusing on how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing worsening of a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

Description

The Youth MHFA course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

The course equips adults with the skills to recognise and respond to an adolescent who may be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis situation.

Using a practical, evidence-based action plan, Youth MHFA teaches participants how to support an adolescent until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.


Aim

Using the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan, participants learn how to approach a young person that they are concerned about and how to initiate a conversation about those concerns.

Participants also learn how to offer initial support and information and how to encourage a young person to get professional help or other supports.


Outcomes

  • Recognise warning signs of mental health problems in young people.
  • Increase skills to speak openly and accurately about youth mental health.
  • Increase skills to respond to youth mental health crisis situations.
  • Reduce stigma and increase support for young people with mental health problems.

Target group

  • Teachers
  • Support staff
  • Parents.

Session details

  • In person: two 7-hour sessions
  • Blended model: four 1-hour online sessions plus one 7-hour in person session.

Prerequisites

Nil.


Delivery requirements

  • Minimum six participants (maximum 20).
  • Café Style seating arrangements facing screen.
  • Data projector/TV screen and sound/audio equipment.
  • Whiteboard.

Evaluation

Digital evaluation provided to each participant.


Linked programs

Additional course information can be found at Youth Mental Health First Aid.


Bookings

To request one of our programs at your school or organisation please complete our online request form.

Once you complete the online request form you will hear back from one of our Youth Development team within 5 working days.

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Page last updated: Monday, 4 September 2023

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