Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA England) One Day Course

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA England) One Day Course


This one day course qualifies you as a Youth MHFA Champion. Delegates must be at least 17 years old to attend.

Restrictions caused by the current pandemic means our publicly scheduled Youth MHFA classroom dates for this course are on hold for a little while. Please contact us to register your interest.


About this course

This is a classroom face to face course where learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are for everyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. This course will teach you the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, you can speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse.

This course won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

“But more than that, we aim to give you the information and skills to look after your own mental health so that you can set an example for young people. By giving you the tools to have these conversations, we hope to empower you to create a mentally healthy, supportive environment in your family, school, peer group or community.

Let’s create a future where mental health is treated as a normal part of life, in the same way as physical health. A future where every young person has access to support if they need it.” MHFA England

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. We always provide an opt-out option on all activities. Although these are facilitated in an inclusive, fun and engaging way we also understand some topics may be upsetting or triggering for some individuals.

Our instructors are experienced in creating and facilitating a non-judgemental learning environment. The MHFA course also teaches participants to take away this attitude into their own lives following the training. All learners are made to feel safe and we often see the group bond as a result.

This course includes guidelines on infection prevention in Mental Health First Aid safety in relation to the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS–CoV–2). We are proud to operate a socially distanced training environment in the classroom. We are also fully aware of the anxiety that many students have over coming into a public space. There is a lot to think about which we have already thought about. You are in safe hands.



This course is recommended for, but not exclusive to:
Key workers
Care workers
Youth group leaders
Charity workers

Course topics

Session 1
Why Youth MHFA One Day?
What is mental health and mental ill health?
Stigma and discrimination
The Mental Health First Aid action plan

Session 2
Eating disorders


There is no formal assessment for this course, but delegates must complete all sections of the course. Learning takes place across two manageable sessions. Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, exercises, and case studies. Each session is built around a Functional Mental Health First Aid action plan.
We do not want you to be daunted by this prospect. Absolutely no pressure to present your ideas unless you feel comfortable to do so. It is our job to ensure you feel part of an inclusive space, and that you understand and retain the knowledge that is relevant to your own lived experiences. This is what we do best.


Learners will receive a certificate from MHFA England to say they are a Youth MHFA Champion.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course. Every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor who has attended the Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health,

Additional information

Accessibility: Please contact us in advance if you have any accessibility questions or requirements.

On the day: Important Information 

If you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of the Coronavirus disease, please do not come to the training. Instead, stay at home and follow the advice on the NHS website

Call us on 07880 542663 if you need to postpone and we will arrange an alternative classroom date.

We have worked hard to make sure you feel comfortable and enjoy the course despite social distancing and new non-contact ways to teach.

What to expect and how to prepare for your classroom training:

  • On arrival, you will be given your own goodie pack with manuals, workbooks, individual hand sanitisers and everything you need for the course. We are operating socially distanced training in a large venue. PPE is optional rather than mandatory.
  • You may wish to bring a notebook for any additional notes.
  • If it is suitable weather and the learners are all in agreement, some of the training may take place outdoors.
  • If appropriate, we encourage you could check the status of your current health and wellness policy before the course as it might be useful. If this is not applicable to your circumstances, please do not worry.
  • Complementary refreshments are provided.

If you are running late or have any issues on day of the course, please contact your trainer. You will be notified of their name and mobile number by email prior to the training.


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