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Youth Mental Health Courses for Organisations

You don't need to be a mental health professional to safely and appropriately support a young person with their mental health.

  • One in six children aged 5-16yrs have a probable mental health issue, that is 5 children in every classroom. (i)

  • The number of A&E attendances by young people aged 18 or under with a diagnosis of a psychiatric condition has more than tripled between 2010 and 2018-19. (ii)

  • 80% of young people with mental health needs agreed that the coronavirus pandemic made their mental health worse. (iii)​

Youth Mental Health courses (licensed by Mental Health First Aid England) are suitable for anyone who comes into contact with young people aged 8-18yrs including; teachers, pastoral staff, parents/carers.


The courses include highly interactive group activities, presentations and discussions. Courses are robustly evidence based and enable you to:

  • develop the skills and confidence to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues

  • learn how to appropriately listen, reassure and respond to a young person in distress or crisis

  • offer safe and appropriate guidance and signposting to guide young people towards support

Evidence consistently demonstrates that that in doing so, you can speed up a young person’s recovery, stop issues from developing into a crisis, and ultimately save lives.

Option 1: Youth Mental Health Aware - 1/2 day (4hr) course

This can be delivered as a face to face course (min 8, max 16 delegates) or as a live online course via Zoom (min 8, max 25 delegates) This is an introductory course designed to increase awareness of young people’s mental health and some of the issues that can affect this age group.


Option 2: Youth Mental Health Champion - 1day (8hr) course 

This Champions course is delivered as a face to face (min 8 max 16 delegates) and teaches you how to identify when a young person might be experiencing a mental health issue and how to guide them to get the help they need. 

Option 3: Youth Mental Health First Aid - 2day (16hr) course 

This is the "gold standard" Youth Mental Health First Aid course (min 8, max 16 delegates). This course is delivered face to face and provides a more in depth understanding of specific mental health issues. It focuses on the issues faced by young people today, such as cyber bullying and substance misuse, and teaches how to promote protective factors and good parenting. Completing the two day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider, and is delivered in four manageable chunks:


1) What is mental health?

2) Depression and anxiety

3) Suicide and psychosis

4) Self-harm and eating disorders

Youth Mental Health First Aiders have:

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

  • Practical skills to spot signs, symptoms and triggers  of mental health issues

  • Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress or crisis

  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening

  • Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support 

  • Tools to look after their own mental wellbeing


Venue: Training can be delivered at your venue, or an appropriate venue can be arranged.

Prices: Please contact me to discuss pricing as depending on the nature of your individual training needs e.g., if you can provide a venue, prices can vary. All delegates receive a comprehensive course manual/workbook and a certificate for attending.

Please note:

  • Numbers are strictly between 8-16 delegates per course (25 for option 1) so that the instructor can keep delegates safe and supported while they learn.

  • When booking a course, customers are responsible for filling the delegate places, and for ensuring that a minimum 8 delegates attend on the day – this is a license requirement. If delegate numbers fall below 8 on the day, the course will be cancelled and no refund will be issued.  

  • Cancellation policy: 2weeks notice or more, 50% course fee payable. 1weeks notice 75% course fee payable. Less than 1weeks notice, no refund issued.

(i) NHS Digital (2020): 'Mental Health of Children and Young People in England', prevalence survey.

(ii) NHS Digital / The Independent (January 2020) ‘Number of children admitted to A&E with mental health problems jumps 330 per cent over past decade’. 

(iii)YoungMinds (summer 2020) Coronavirus: Impact on young people with mental health needs (survey two).

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