Youth Mental health first aid
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YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE
Youth Mental Health First Aid is the most comprehensive training. Mental health first aid is designed to support young people who experience ill mental health. The person who is trained as a Youth Mental Health First Aider is able to help someone who is experiencing mental health issues as well as try to prevent, or help during a mental health crisis.
The new Youth Mental Health First Aid Online Course is based on the same Youth MHFA Two Day course content. It offers the same learning outcomes and every person who completes the course will be certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aider. Online Mental Health First Aid is made up of both individual learning activities alongside 4 live sessions hosted on the new MHFA England Online Learning Hub.
All you need to know about Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
A Youth Mental Health First Aider role is very similar to a physical first aider. For instance, if a first aider saw someone with a broken a leg, they would give first aid until the paramedics stepped in, but not continue further treatment. Mental Health First Aid is designed to follow the exact same process – you support the individual, and assist with the situation until professional care can be administered.
Youth online mental health first aid training gives you structure and strategies to utilise if you encounter someone who experiences depression, distress, psychosis, and other psychological conditions. After the course you will be able to better identify symptoms like depression, anxiety, suicidal behavior, eating disorders, self- harm, psychosis etc.
You will be able to react in a supportive way, ask the right questions, with a view to de-escalating the situation. It is a very handy ‘toolkit’ to have.
So what would you do if you came accross a young person in distress?
The MHFA training provides learners with the detailed plan – this is called the ALGEE action plan. The acronym stands for Approach, Listen, Give support, Encourage to seek professional support, Encourage support others.
The course itself is interesting and interactive. The delegates participate in various role play scenarios and case studies. You will learn interesting and relevant statistics around youth mental health – for example, did you know that in the UK more people die because of poor mental health (suicide) than in car accidents?
Youth mental health first aid covers England’s child health care policy, statistics on youth mental health as well as some common misconceptions around children’s mental health. Also covered are risk and protective factors and the ALGEE action plan and recovery.
- Depression and anxiety. What are the most common signs and symptoms. Risk factors. First aid for depression.
- Suicide and psychosis. What are warning signs and risk factors for suicide? How can you deliver first aid for a suicidal crisis. You will learn the action plan for mental health emergencies like suicide and psychotic episodes.
- Self-harm and eating disorders. You will learn about self-harm risk factors. What are the symptoms of self harm?. Why do children self-harm? What are the different types of eating disorders? How to to approach to the young person experiencing mental health difficulties and implement an action plan.
The youth mental health first aid course is recommended for those who working with young people 8-18 years old. Parents, teachers, community workers and sport workers are encouraged to take a Youth Mental Health First Aid Online Course to help those youth with whom they spend time.
There are numerous reasons why young people have mental health difficulties. Young people can be especially vulnerable during adolescence and this impacts and is affected by their mental health. Parents and teachers are well positioned to spot any early signs that a young person might be struggling with their mental health, covered in the course. Early signposting and intervention significantly helps recovery.
Some risk factors for ill mental health include:
- Physical disability
- Violence and abuse
- Bullying/ Cyberbullying
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Discrimination based on religion, ethnic minority or sexual orientation.
The Youth Mental Health First Aid Online Training will help you to feel more confident to speak about mental health issues with your students, children, work colleagues.
If you choose the most comprehensive 16 hourse Youth Mental Health First Aid Course you will be attending 4 sessions:
Online Youth Mental Health First Aid Training lasts 16 hours over 2 or 4 days.
Please login 15 min early to grab a cup of tea and a biscuit before we get started.
Look for the training location and dates on www.sirentraining.co.uk or firstaidcourselondon.com You can book yourself on a public course, or book a group for your workplace. If you are looking to book a course, make sure that you receive an official MHFA England certificate. MHFA England is the only organisation who is licensed to train instructors and provide a certificate that is recognised in the workplace.
There are 3 types of Mental Health First Aid training – 2 day Mental Health First Aid (this course will certify you as a Mental Health First Aider), 1 day Mental Health First Aid (this course will teach you ALGEE action plan, but you are not certified as a Mental Health First Aider), Half Day Mental Health First Aid Course (the course designed purely to raise awareness around mental health).
Now all the MHFA England courses are available in an online format.
If you have just started researching about the Mental Health Training, you may find the process confusing. You will find tons of companies who provide Mental Health First Aid training. So how do you choose the right provider?
The only company who trains trainers is MHFA England. The same trainers work across different training providers. The main criteria choosing Mental Health First Aid Training are date, location and price. Essentially, you get the same certificate whether you booked with company A or B,C,D
All our MHFA Training Courses are delivered by MHFA England certified trainers. You will receive an MHFA England certificate
Two day MHFA course – this is the most comprehensive training, and the ONLY one which qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.
On this course you will increase your knowledge around a variety of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. You will learn some practical tools for supporting your family members or youth you are working with. As a youth mental health first aider you will feel confident as a first responder in crisis situations and know how to guide someone towards appropriate support. You will receive a certificate on completion which does not have an expiry date. MHFA England recommends that you attend a refresher course every two – to three years to keep your knowledge and skills up to date.
The one day course is recommended for those who want to create a mentally healthy environment in their workplace. It does not qualify you as a Mental Health First AIDER.
MHFA One Day Champion course – On this MHFA Training you will learn about the most common mental health problems including how to identify when someone is experiencing mental distress. You will feel more confident supporting others and you will know how to signpost appropriately. The one day mental health first course covers the ALGEE action plan, and how to use it. This course is often recommended for line managers, supervisors, deputies. The course includes two sessions: Mental Health First Aid & Mental Health First Aid action plan
This half-day course is 4 hours in duration and raises awareness around Mental Health.
Mental Health Aware Half Day course – This half day MHFA training is a basic introduction to mental health, and why it is important. It introduces some common mental health challenges and discusses how to spot them. During this four hour course you will learn how to talk to someone who may be experiencing mental ill health, and feel more confident speaking about mental health with colleagues, friends or family. The course also will also equip you with some tools to look after your own mental health.The Mental Health Awareness Training includes such topics as Stigma, Depression, Anxiety Disorders etc.
It’s relatively easy to see the gaps we’ve been missing as a society, all generally aware of physical health. As such, it is good common sense to go to the doctor if you feel ill.
But where do you turn when you experience mental ill-health?
The most common answer is unfortunately not many places. Mental distress and mental ill-health are still steeped in stigma and discrimination, preventing people from getting the help they need. Achieving parity of esteem of physical and mental health is a fundamental step to creating a healthy, well-equipped society of workers and citizens. The current gaps here are clear, as we all have mental health as well as physical health. Why isn’t mental health equally as important as physical health? This is the question our society must respond to and a gap that MHFA training courses can address.