Youth mental health

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Youth MHFA is an internationally recognised training programme designed specifically for those people that teach, work, live with or care for young people aged 8 – 18.

There is a lot of information and awareness raising campaigns out there that offer information about mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people and children but only Youth MHFA will provide you with practical skills around young persons mental health.


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    Youth MHFA provides information, tools and techniques to promote a young person’s mental and emotional wellbeing and to enable participants to support a young person who might be experiencing mental and emotional distress.

    Estimates vary, but research suggests that 20% of children have a mental health problem in any given year, and about 10% at any one time. (Lifetime Impacts: Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health, Understanding the Lifetime Impacts, Mental Health Foundation, 2005).

    Did you know that one in ten children between the ages of 1 and 15 has a mental health disorder? (The Office for National Statistics Mental health in children and young people in Great Britain, 2005)

    The Youth MHFA course will teach you how to:

    1. Spot the early signs of a mental health problem in young people

    2. Feel confident helping a young person experiencing a problem

    3. Provide help on a first aid basis

    4. Help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm

    5. Help prevent a mental health illness from getting worse

    6. Help a young person recover faster

    7. Guide a young person towards the right support

    8. Reduce the stigma of mental health problems.


    Key areas covered within the course include:

    • Promoting emotional, mental, social and psychological well-being

    • Eating Disorders

    • Self Harm

    • Diversity and equality issues

    • Substance/Alcohol misuse

    • Suicide

    • Child, adolescent and family psychosocial development

    • Depression/Anxiety/Psychosis

    • Bullying/Cyber bullying

    • Promoting protective factors and good parenting

    Torbay Council Children’s Services staff have been trained in a 2 day YMHFA as a part of their professional development day

    The course has a deliberate fit with national policy and aims to promote the common assessment framework (CAF), Healthy Schools and Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS).

    It also has a particular focus on vulnerable groups of young people including looked after children (LAC).

    Duration of the course: 12 hours

    The course can be delivered as either two whole days or four half days.

    What is included:

    • Manual worth £25
    • Further information and resources
    • Opportunity to learn and reflect
    • Certificate of attendance

    Please find below a small selection of feedback from people who have attended the Youth MHFA course:

    • “Every professional who works with young people should attend this training. Prevention is the key!”
    • “A worthwhile, interesting and informative course.Professionals working with young adults should do the course.”
    • “I think this is a necessary course for Foster Carers.”
    • “I learnt more about young peoples mental health in the course than in my three years training.” Student Nurse
    • “I have really enjoyed the course, the instructor has been very good. Such a normally taboo subject has been dealt with superbly.”


    Astra Training and Consultancy can help you acquire the Youth MHFA Quality Mark.

    The Youth MHFA Quality Mark is awarded to organisations to recognise their continuing commitment to the emotional and mental health of their young people and staff as well as exemplary joint working with community stakeholders and partners. The mark is a measure of quality and exemplary practice.

    Book on the next Youth MHFA course click here