An introduction to the Youth MHFA course
Adolescence is a time of important change and development. It is also the time when mental health problems can first emerge.
During high school years, mental health problems are among the leading causes of falling grades, problems with friends, and relationships, substance use or abuse and they can have lifelong impact.
That’s where Mental Health First Aid training can help.
With a focus on improved mental health literacy and early intervention, Youth MHFA is for adults who work, live or care for adolescents such as teachers, school support staff, parents, sports coaches, community group leaders and youth workers.
Recognise the warning signs of mental health problems in young people
Provide the skills needed to speak openly and accurately about mental health
RESPOND IN A CRISIS
Respond in crisis situations where a young person may be at risk of harm
Reduce stigma and increase support for young people with mental health problems
Youth MHFA is an education course that teaches adults about adolescent development and the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in young people, including crisis situations.
Topics covered include depression, anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
You will learn how and where to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what help research has shown to be effective and how to provide first aid in crisis situations.
What’s the format?
The 14-hour course can be delivered in 1 of 3 ways:
Face-to-face: a 2-day course led by an accredited MHFA Instructor.
Blended face-to-face: a self-paced eLearning component (approximately 4 hours) followed by 1-day face-to-face session OR 2 half-day face-to-face sessions led by an accredited MHFA Instructor.
Online: a self-paced eLearning component (approximately 4 hours) followed 3 x 2.5-hour video-conferencing sessions led by an accredited MHFA Instructor.
Why attend a course?
Evaluations consistently show that MHFA training improves a participant’s knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness. MHFA courses have also been shown to decrease stigma and increase help seeking behaviours.
Interested in attending a course?
Mental Health First Aid courses are run all over Australia and are available to any adult. Click to search for a Youth MHFA course in your area.
"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."