One in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time. For those aged 5-19 suicide is the second most common cause of death, and a record number of children contacted Childline with suicidal thoughts in 2016/17. In an average group of 30 15-year-olds: - Seven are likely to have been bullied - Six may be self-harming - One could have experienced the death of a parent Record levels of young people are struggling. Academic pressure, social media, bullying, poverty, lack of availability of professional mental health support – all have been named as contributing to this epidemic of poor mental health in our young people. It’s clear that young people are not getting the support they need. Key figures in a young person’s life – parents, family members, teachers, tutors, carers, youth workers – can often spot when a young person is struggling but may not know how best to help.
We understand that there is an ever increasing pressure on schools to provide mental health education and intervention. We are also aware that schools, youth groups and youth charities have an ever shrinking budget.
This makes it extremely difficult for young people to find support when and where they need it most.
As a charity we believe that mental health first aid provision should at least have parity with physical first aid provision.
Therefore from the summer of 2019 The Grey Dog Trust will offer free Youth Mental Health First Aider training to schools, youth clubs and other youth organisations. We will be offering the full two day Youth MHFA course .
It will teach the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, it can speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse. The courses won't teach you to be a therapist, but we will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis - and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.
We will also offer the opportunity throughout the year several times a year for other people interested in taking the course to apply at a reduced rate from the standard recommended course fee.
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