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SWAN have two trainers accredited to provide:

Mel Jacobson and Nick Avery are available to provide the above training to your organisation, school staff, community group or to the general public.

YMHFA is designed for adults aged 18yrs and over who work with, coach, parent or grandparent youth.  Learn skills and gain confidence to assist young people experiencing mental health problems.  Mental illnesses often start in adolescence or early adulthood and it is important to detect problems early to ensure the young person is properly treated and supported. The YMHFA course teaches adults who have frequent contact with adolescents, such as parents, guardians, school staff, sport
coaches and youth workers, how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

Course Information:

▪ 14-hour (2 day) Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) course.
▪ Participants will learn about adolescent development and the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, how and where to get help, and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.
▪ Course topics cover: developing mental health problems, depression, anxiety problems, psychosis, eating disorders and substance use problems, as well as suicide and other mental health crises.
▪ Participants receive a copy of the Youth MHFA Manual 4th Edition.
▪ Participants are eligible to become an accredited Mental Health First Aider.

We aim to deliver at least two YMHFA courses in south west locations per year.  The cost to attend a public YMHFA course delivered by SWAN is approximately $160 per person, depending on catering and venue costs.

If you would like to organise any of the above training for up to 20 people, or would like to join the waitlist for our next public course, please contact to request a quote / register your interest.

Covid-19 Requirements

  • You must be fully vaccinated to attend these courses. One of our trainers is immune-compromised.
  • Participants will need to check in, and hand sanitiser will be provided.  We will provide RATs for testing at the beginning of each day in the interests of protecting all attendees and our trainers.
  • If there is a mask mandate at the time this course is delivered, you will need to wear a mask while attending.  For your own safety and wellbeing, we encourage you to wear a mask in all indoor group settings.
  • If you are become unwell and are unable to attend both days of the training, we will hold a place for you in our next YMHFA course at no additional cost.

A group of 12 people smiling and holding the certificates after completing 2 days of YMHFA training

Our latest group of Youth Mental Health First Aiders from Busselton in June 2022, thanks to support from Busselton Dunsborough Alliance Against Depression.