An introduction to the Youth MHFA course
The 14-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults who work, live or care for adolescents, such as school staff, parents, sports coaches, community group leaders and youth workers.
You will learn how to assist an adolescent who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence based action plan.
This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.
What’s the format?
This is a 14-hour course, which is usually delivered as either:
A 2-day training package (7 hours per day), or as 4 separate modules (3.5 hours each)
Who can attend?
Any adult can attend. The course is not appropriate for adolescents to attend.
What is the cost?
MHFA Australia does not centrally coordinate courses or set fees. Your local instructor can confirm their attendance fees.
Why attend a course?
Evaluations consistently show that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness. It is also associated with decreased stigma and an increase in help provided over time.
Learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in crisis situations.
This is an education course, to learn how to give first aid to others, and is not a therapy or support group.
"Very worthwhile and relevant to my work as a teacher. It has raised my awareness of mental health issues among young people and what signs to look out for. I have a clear idea of what my role should be as a youth mental health first aider."
"I found the course to be truly beneficial and useful to me as I interact with a good number of secondary school students on a daily basis. After attending the course, I have the necessary tools as a mental health first aider to recognize and help those in need."
"I would recommend this course for all educators of young people. I believe that we all should be trained to become Mental Health First Aiders."