Youth Mental Health First Aid Training


Why do we need Mental Health First Aid

Mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders, are common and often start at a young age.

50% of mental health issues are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24

Source: Kessler: Lifetime Prevalence and Age-of-Onset Distributions of DSM-IV Disorders

But only 25% of young people with a diagnosable mental health issue get access to the treatment and care they need 

Source: Green et al

80% of young people say exam pressure has a big impact on their mental health 

Source: Young Minds: Wise Up report

In an average classroom of 30  15 year olds, 10 are likely to have watched their parents separate, 7 are likely to have been bullied, 6 may be self-harming and 1 has experienced the death of a parent 

Source: Public Health England: Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and well-being


What Will You Learn

  •  An in depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect well-being

  • 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-judgmental 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 your own mental


Free Training for Schools and Youth Groups

The Grey Dog Trust provide  free  Youth Mental Health First Aid training to state schools, youth clubs and other not for profit youth organisations.    (There is a charge of £20 per trainee for manuals and workbooks)

We will also run courses throughout the year for individuals interested in becoming Youth Mental Health First Aid practitioners.

Mental Health First Aid England has  approved Paul Hanrahan from The Grey Dog Trust to deliver Youth MHFA training.     

(MHFA England is the only provider of licensed Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training)

Please contact us for dates and prices

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