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Mental Health First Aid Youth, Two-Day Accredited Course, London
Tue, Jun 6, 2017, 9:00 AM – Wed, Jun 7, 2017, 5:00 PM
There are more than 800,000 children and young people in the UK who have been diagnosed with a mental health condition.
Children and young people face huge pressures of navigating through the complexity of an ever changing digital world, facing challenges in numerous aspects of their daily lives.
Family Action is committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. We provide family support services to help build children and young people’s emotional resilience.
Three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Roughly 725,000 people in the UK suffer from eating disorders; 86% of these will have shown symptoms before the age of 19. One in 10 children deliberately harm themselves regularly, and 15,000 of them are hospitalised each year because of this. Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. 45% of children in care have a mental health disorder - these are some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Nearly 300,000 young people in Britain have an anxiety disorder; 95% of imprisoned young offenders have a mental health disorder. Many of them are struggling with more than one disorder.
This Youth MHFA course is split into four manageable areas of learning which are:
- What is mental health?
- Depression and anxiety
- Suicide and psychosis
- Self-harm and eating disorders
Within each section there is clear focus on the issues faced by young people today, including bullying/cyber bullying and substance misuse. The course also teaches the importance of promoting wellbeing and protective factors.
Everyone who attends the course will receive a copy of the Youth MHFA manual and workbook, both of which are excellent support resources. When you have completed the course you will receive a certificate to confirm that you are a trained Youth Mental Health First Aider.
This internationally recognised course is relevant for professionals and anyone who teaches, works, lives or cares for 8 to 18 year olds, including young people themselves, although parental consent is required for participants below the age of 16.
Each MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured trainer, who has attended the seven day instructor training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.
By the end of the two-day course participants will be able to:
- Spot the early signs of a mental health issue in young people;
- Feel confident helping a young person experiencing mental ill health;
- Provide help on a first aid basis;
- Help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm;
- Help prevent a mental health issue from getting worse;
- Help a young person recover faster;
- Guide a young person towards the right support;
- Reduce the stigma of mental health.