Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Courses

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England has allowed Alison Wilcox, nasen's Head of Education, to deliver the Youth MHFA (two day) course. (The MHFA instructor training programme is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.)

nasen believes that one of the best ways to support children and young people in terms of positive mental health and well being is to educate staff. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is for anyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. This training helps 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. 

With mental ill health being such an important area that needs such strong support, it is crucial that you constantly update your MHFA skills, so we strongly encorage you to attend one of our courses. 

Become a Youth Mental health First Aider (MHFA): Two Day Training

  • An in-depth understanding of young people's mental health and factors that affect 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 non-judgemental listening;
  • Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support;
  • Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive;
  • Tools to look after your own mental wellbeing

Become a Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Champion: One Day Training

  • An understanding of common mental health issues and how they affect young people; 
  • Ability to recognise signs of mental ill health in young people and guide them to a place of support;
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness;
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing.

Key facts about mental health in young people:

  • O ne in ten children will be diagnosed with a mental health disorder before the age of 15 (Office for National Statistics, 2005)
  • For those aged 15 to  24 years old, suicide is the second most common cause of death, accounting for 19% of all deaths in this age group (Office for National statistics, 2010)
  • Mental health and emotional issues often develop during adolescence or early adulthood. Half of young adults with mental health disorders have a psychiatric disorder by 15, and nearly 17% had done so by their late teens (Centre for Economic Performance's Mental Health Policy Group, 2006)
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Mental Health First Aid is the mental health
equivalent of physical first aid.                                       
MHFA England is the national Licensed                                   
organisation for MHFA training. 
If you are interested in hosting the training for your school or groups of schools, please get in touch by phone on 01827 311500 or by email at