Youth Mental Health First Aid – for Adults

Learn more about how to support an adolescent with their mental health.

About this event

The Youth Mental Health First Aid course runs over 2-days.

This is an evidence-based course for adults working or living with young people (those aged between 12 and 18 years) however, the course can be relevant for those helping people who are a little younger or older.

This course is particularly suitable for parents, teachers, sports coaches, and youth workers.

It teaches participants practical skills to assist a young person who may be experiencing mental health problems, in a mental health crisis situation, or in the early stages of a mental illness. Participants will learn about adolescent development and the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.

The course uses a practical, evidence-based action plan. Course participants receive a Manual to keep and receive a Certificate of Completion. Plus, on completion of the course the participants are eligible to complete an online assessment to become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider. Accreditation lasts for a period of 3 years.

During this training participants will learn about:

• Adolescent development.

• Signs and symptoms of mental health problems in young people (depression, anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis and substance use problems).

• Where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness.

• How to provide first aid in a crisis situation such as non-suicidal self-injury or suicidal thoughts.

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

• Appreciate the differences between adolescents and adults with mental health problems

• Identify how to talk to a young person about mental illness

• Recognise the need for early intervention

• Know where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.

• Apply ALGEE to support a young person with emerging mental health problems

• Apply ALGEE to support a young person in a mental health crisis

This course is delivered by a MHFA Principal Master Instructor.

 

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