What is Youth Mental Health First Aid?

With this 2-day, internationally accredited course, you can become a youth mental health first aider.

The course is for those who teach, work, live and care for children and young people aged 8 – 18 years. Delivered by qualified trainers, the course enables people to better identify, understand and help a young person who may be developing a mental health problem.

The course won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

But more than that, the 2-Day course aims to give you the information and skills to look after your own mental health so that you can set an example for young people. By giving you the tools to have these conversations, we hope to empower you to create a mentally healthy, supportive environment in your family, school, peer group or community.

The course is divided into four manageable chunks: What is Mental Health; Depression and Anxiety; Suicide and Psychosis; Self-harm and Eating Disorders.

The course aims to provide information, tools and techniques that you can use in a real-life setting.

Session 1: Youth Mental Health First Aid

  • The Youth MHFA action plan
  • Definition of mental health
  • Adolescent development
  • Common youth mental health disorders
  • Preventing mental health issues
  • Promoting well being and protective factors

Session 2: Depression and anxiety

  • What are depression and anxiety disorders?
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Possible causes
  • Youth MHFA action planning

Session 3: Suicide and Psychosis

  • The facts about suicide
  • Possible warning signs
  • Crisis first aid for suicidal behaviour
  • What is psychosis?
  • Signs of psychosis
  • Youth MHFA action planning
  • Treatment and resources for psychosis

Session 4: Self-harm and eating disorders

  • What are they?
  • Why are they important?
  • Possible causes
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Treatment and resources
  • Youth MHFA action planning


A Youth Mental Health First Aider Certificate is awarded on completion of the course and delegates will also receive a comprehensive Youth MHFA manual which acts as an excellent reference and support resource.