Youth Mental Health First Aid

Thursday, 9 January 2020 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday 30th and Friday 31st January or Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th February or Thursday 27th and Friday 28th February
The Mind Centre, Office 10, 7 Thorpe Close, W10 5XL

YOUTH Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are for organisations and services who work with young people aged 8-18.

Mind train 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. In doing so, they can speed up a young person’s recovery, stop issues from developing into a crisis, and ultimately save lives.  
Mind believes that by giving adults the information and skills to look after their own mental health, we can set an example for young people. We want adults to be able to show young people that mental health problems can be a part of life in just the same way as physical health problems, and that it’s OK to talk about and it’s OK to ask for help. We hope that by giving individuals the tools to open up these conversations, we can empower people to create mentally healthy, supportive environments in their workforce, schools and communities. 

Next Courses Dates:      

  • Thursday 9th and Friday 10th January 
  • Thursday 30th and Friday 31st January
  • Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th February
  • Thursday 27th and Friday 28th February 

MHFA courses are regularly evaluated, grounded in research and developed by experts, with input from people who have experienced mental ill health. These courses are delivered by experienced, accredited MHFA trainers. Teaching methods are a mix of presentations, small group discussions and workshop activities. These courses are funded by KCW Children’s Commissioners and are therefore free for staff working with children and young people in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea.  
 Eligibility criteria

The training is available for staff across the local authority, schools, other public sector organisations as well as the voluntary and community sector who work with children and young people in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. 

The course is designed to give:  

  • An in-depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect mental 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 as non-judgemental listening  
  • Knowledge to help a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive 
  • Tools to look after your own mental wellbeing 

The course covers: 

  • Definition of mental health
  • Adolescent development
  • Common mental health disorders that affect young people; depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, self-harm and eating disorders
  • The YOUTH MHFA action plan
  • Preventing mental health issues  
  • Promoting wellbeing and protective factors 

You can book a place by contacting: Jill Watson, Kensington and Chelsea Mind, Office 1, 7 Thorpe Close, W10 5XL  | 0208 964 1333 ext. 8 

What people have said about this course:  “I believe YOUTH MHFA has provided me with extra tools to be able to better understand and support young people - something so valuable in my line of work....” 

KCW Children’s Services commissioners and KC Mind
0208 964 1333 ext. 8