Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) - 2 Day

Our Youth MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Course details

This course is delivered over two full days.  The content covers the background to children and young people's mental health and from a First Aid context looks in further detail at anxiety and depression, self-harm and suicide, psychosis, eating disorders and recovery over two days.

Participants are required to attend both days in full to receive their MHFA England Certificate.

From September 2018, it will not possible to offer this course at a fully subsidised rate, however there will still be a substantial subsidy in place.

Target Audience

The course is appropriate for all those working directly with or caring for, children and young people (from the ages of 8yrs to 18yrs).  It is recommended for those working in Primary and Secondary Education in leadership or pastoral care/pupil support roles.  Those working in College and Further Education settings.  Also Third Sector and Youth organisations plus any provider offering support and/or care to children and young people, their parents and carers.

The Youth MHFA 2 Day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Those working outside of the County are not eligible to apply and should visit to find courses in their area

Course description              

Youth MHFA does not teach people to be therapists. However, it does give a deeper understanding around the issues that relate to young people’s mental health and will teach people to:

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health issues

  • Provide initial help and practical skills that can be used every day

  • Enable a young person to access appropriate professional help

  • Recognise the importance of promoting protective factors and good parenting.

This is delivered through four manageable chunks:

  • 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 is delivered over two full days and participants must attend both days in full to obtain their certificate. (9.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m)

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To book your place on this course please

The course booking process for all Cumbria County Council staff members has changed to self-service, resulting in staff booking their own courses through MyHR. Full guidance is available through links on InTouch and access to user guides are also available. As a result of these changes the booking process has become fully automated and confirmation and venue information (previously joining instructions) will be communicated through emails to both individuals and managers. Where a user does not have access to MyHR, then it will be the responsibility of their line manager to book them on the course.

Booking process for non-Cumbria County Council staff members including schools, please complete a BOOKING FORMthis external link will open in a new window and return to:

For any queries about the course, please telephone 01228 226898

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