Mental Health First Aid is the help provided in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received, or the crisis resolves.
Led by a skilled youth specialist, this Youth course is for adults who work with or care for adolescents, such as school staff, parents, sports coaches, community group leaders and youth workers.
You will learn how to recognise and assist an adolescent who may be experiencing mental health issues, and what to do in a mental health crisis until professional help arrives.
Participants who successfully pass the post-course test will be accredited as a Youth Mental Health First Aider for three years, before a half-day refresher is required.
- Understanding youth mental health, including diagnoses, prevalence and common misconceptions.
- Symptoms and causes of depression, anxiety and psychosis.
- How to provide initial support to young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
- Crisis First Aid for: suicidal behaviour, panic attacks, aggressive behaviour, self-harm, acute psychosis.
- Responding to the effects of traumatic events and drug and alcohol misuse.
This two-day course includes
- Engaging, up-to-date materials.
- Take-home Mental Health First Aid Manual.
- All day catering and beverages – with dietary needs catered for.
- Certificate of attendance.
- Optional post-course assessment and formal accreditation as a Mental Health First Aider, valid for three years.