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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training 2021

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

“Just as you don’t need to be a doctor to offer physical first aid, you don’t need to be a Mental Health professional to deliver Mental Health First Aid.”

Outline
In an average group of 30 15yr olds:

• Seven are likely to have been bullied
• Six may be self-harming
• One could have experienced the death of a parent

There has never been a more important time to focus on youth mental health. With 1 in 10 children experiencing a mental health issue at any one time, we need to find ways to support young people. It is well evidenced that children and young people who are mentally and emotionally well are able to learn better, interact with their friends, and demonstrate increased resilience. OfSTED also recognise that pupils with better health and wellbeing are likely to achieve better academically.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training includes three evidence based courses certified and licensed by Mental Health First Aid England. The courses are for anyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18yrs, and they are filled with information and resources to help young people with their mental health and wellbeing.

• YMHFA 2 day course will certify participants as Youth Mental Health First Aiders
• YMHFA 1 day course will certify participants as Youth Mental Health First Aid Champions
• YMHFA half day course will certify participants as Youth Mental Health First Aid Aware

For a list of training dates please see: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk (please note that due to changing guidance on the delivery of face to face training, course capacity and dates are subject to change)

Option 1. Youth Mental Health First Aid 2 Day Course

The two day course is considered to be the “gold standard” of the three options available. You will develop the skills and confidence to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. Evidence says that in doing so, you can speed up a young person’s recovery, stop issues from developing into a crisis, and ultimately save lives.

By giving you the information and skills to look after your own mental health, we want you to set an example for young people. You will be able to reduce the stigma by showing young people that mental ill health is a part of life in just the same way as physical ill health, that it’s OK to talk about and it’s OK to ask for help. By giving you the tools to open up these conversations, we hope to empower you to create a mentally healthy, supportive environment in your; family, school, peer group, youth group or community. In this way you can create a culture where talking about feelings is the norm, and stigma associated with mental health is reduced. This course will provide mental health first aid skills, it won't teach you to be a therapist, but we will teach you to appropriately listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis - and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

Learning takes place across four manageable sessions. Through a highly interactive mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Youth Mental Health First Aid action plan.

Session 1: Introduction to Youth Mental Health
Session 2: Depression and anxiety
Session 3: Suicide and psychosis
Session 4: Self-harm and eating disorders

Numbers are limited to 16 delegates per course, with a minimum number of 10 so that the instructors can keep everyone safe and supported while they learn. 

Outcomes

Our Youth MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.
Youth Mental Health First Aiders have:
• An in depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing
• Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
• Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
• Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
• Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate
• Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive
• Tools to look after their own mental wellbeing

Everyone who completes the course will be able to take away with them:
• A comprehensive Youth MHFA manual to refer to whenever they need it
• A workbook including some helpful tools to support your own mental health
• A Youth MHFA lanyard and action card
• A Youth MHFA pen
• A Youth MHFA badge

Following the programme, delegates will receive a certificate confirming their attendance on the course, and their status as a “Youth Mental Health First Aider”.

Booking Information

Cost:
£180 per delegate for settings who have an SLA with the Health & Wellbeing Service
£230 for settings with no current Health & Wellbeing Service SLA
We can also deliver a bespoke course at your venue* if you wish to train up to x16 participants at once, at a cost of £1600 (representing a cost of £100 per delegate on a full course)

*For a bespoke course, you venue must be able to comfortably accommodate seating for x16 people and two trainiers, have facilities for Powerpoint, and a quiet second space where confidential support can be given if necessary.

Duration of Course:
You will need to arrive on time (8:45am for a 9am start until 5pm finish) and attend both days to gain accreditation as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Venue: Technorth, 9 Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3NB

Trainers: Your trainers for this programme will be Steven Body (07891 273134) steven.body@leeds.gov.uk and Sue Pennycook (07891 271655) sue.pennycook@leeds.gov.uk.

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Option 2. Youth Mental Health First Aid 1 Day Course

The one day Youth Mental Health Champion course is a condensed version of the 2 day option in which participants gain skills and confidence to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues in a young person. This option covers the basic fundamentals of the most common mental health issues affecting young people, and participants who complete the whole day are certified as “Youth Mental Health Champions”.

This option offers an opportunity to gain the skills and confidence to address the stigma surrounding mental health is a shorter duration. It will provide information, as well as offering the opportunity to reflect on your own wellbeing. By giving you the tools to confidently open up these conversations, you will be supported to create a mentally healthy environment in; your family, school, peer group, youth group or community. In this way you can contribute to creating a culture where talking about feelings is the norm, and stigma associated with mental health is reduced.

This course will provide mental health first aid knowledge and skills, it won't teach you to be a therapist, but we will show you to appropriately listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis. You will also be able to confidently advocate for mental health awareness. Learning takes place through a mix of highly interactive group activities, presentations and discussions. We limit numbers to 16 delegates per course, with a minimum number of 10 so that the instructors can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

Outcomes

Our Youth MHFA one day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion.
Youth Mental Health First Champions have:
• An understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing
• Some practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
• Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
• Enhanced interpersonal skills
• Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate
• Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive
• Tools to look after their own mental wellbeing

Everyone who completes the course will be able to take away with them:
• A Youth MHFA manual to refer to whenever they need it
• A workbook including some helpful tools to support your own mental health
• A Youth MHFA lanyard and action card
• A Youth MHFA pen
• A Youth MHFA badge

Following the programme, delegates will receive a certificate confirming their attendance on the course, and their status as a “Youth Mental Health First Aider”.

Booking Information

Cost:
£130 per delegate for settings who have an SLA with the Health & Wellbeing Service
£170 for settings with no current Health & Wellbeing Service SLA
We can also deliver a bespoke course at your venue* if you wish to train up to x16 participants at once, at a cost of £1200 (representing a cost of £75 per delegate on a full course)

*For a bespoke course, your venue must be able to comfortably accommodate seating for x16 people and two trainers, have facilities for Powerpoint, and a quiet second space where confidential support can be given if necessary. Refreshments at morning, lunch and afternoon break are also required.

Duration of Course:
You will need to arrive on time (8:45am for a 9am start until 5pm finish) and attend the full day to gain accreditation as a Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion.

Venue: Technorth, 9 Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3NB

Trainers: Your trainers for this programme will be Steven Body (07891 273134) steven.body@leeds.gov.uk and Sue Pennycook (07891 271655) sue.pennycook@leeds.gov.uk.

***** COMING SOON *****

Option 3. Youth Mental Health First Aid Half Day Course

The half day “Youth Mental Health First Aid Aware” course is available both as a live training, and a *virtual option.

The half day course is an opportunity for participants to raise their awareness of young people’s mental health. Covering some of the mental health issues affecting young people, this option supports skill development in working more effectively with young people living with mental health issues. It helps participants to support young people with mental health issues, and to be able to relate to their experience. Participants who complete the half day are certified as “Youth Mental Health First Aid Aware”.

By giving you the tools to confidently relate to young people living with mental health issues, you will can help create a mentally healthy environment in your; family, school, peer group, youth group or community. You can also contribute to creating a culture where talking about feelings is the norm, and stigma associated with mental health is reduced.

This course will provide mental health first aid knowledge and skills, it won't teach you to be a therapist, but we will show you to appropriately listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis. You will also be able to advocate for mental health awareness.

We limit numbers to 25 delegates on this course, with a minimum number of 10 so that the instructors can keep people safe and supported while they learn. Learning takes place through a mix of highly interactive group activities, presentations and discussions.

Further details regarding the course can be found on our website https://www.schoolwellbeing.co.uk/pages/youth-mental-health-first-aid-training

*please note numbers for the virtual option are limited to x16 participants to ensure a quality experience

Outcomes

Our Youth MHFA half day course qualifies you as “Youth Mental Health First Aid Aware” and you will have:
• An understanding of mental health in young people and factors that affect wellbeing
• An understanding of stigma and discrimination
• Knowledge of protective and risk factors
• Some practical skills to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues
• Confidence to reassure and signpost a young person in distress

Everyone who completes the course will be able to take away with them:
• A Youth MHFA combined manual and workbook
• A Youth MHFA pen
• A Youth MHFA badge

Following the programme, delegates will receive a certificate confirming their attendance on the course, and their status as “Youth Mental Health First Aid Aware”.

Booking Information

Cost:
£55 per delegate for settings who have an SLA with the Health & Wellbeing Service
£70 for settings with no current Health & Wellbeing Service SLA
We can also deliver a bespoke course at your venue* if you wish to train up to x25 participants at once, at a cost of £1000 (representing a cost of £40 per delegate on a full course)

*For a bespoke course, your venue must be able to comfortably accommodate seating for x27 people, have facilities for Powerpoint, and a quiet second space where confidential support can be given if necessary. Refreshments at morning, lunch and afternoon break are also required.

Duration of Course:
You will need to arrive on time (9am start until 12:30pm finish, or 1pm start until 4:30pm depending if you opt for an am or pm course) and attend the course to gain accreditation as being Youth Mental Health First Aid Aware.

Venue: Technorth, 9 Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3NB

Trainers: Your trainers for this programme will be Steven Body (07891 273134) steven.body@leeds.gov.uk and Sue Pennycook (07891 271655) sue.pennycook@leeds.gov.uk.

The Health & Wellbeing Service and the Health Safety & Wellbeing Service are working in partnership to deliver the Youth Mental Health First Aid courses. If you want to find out more information about the ADULT Mental Health First Aid training please email: HR.schools@leeds.gov.uk or phone 0113 37 88525. The YOUTH Mental Health First Aid courses are suitable for all workforce working or interacting with children and young people, including schools, settings, Children & Families Services, 3rd sectors organisation and private providers of service to children and young people.

Cancellations: If you cannot attend the course we would ask that you email/phone us ASAP to let us know. A cancellation fee may be applicable, subject to our terms and conditions. This course is usually oversubscribed with waiting lists so we would like to offer unused places to others and therefore would appreciate as much notice as possible so that others have the opportunity to block out the time in their diaries. Please also be aware that if numbers fall below 8 on the day, the course will have to be cancelled – this is a licence requirement. If you cannot attend the full day as outlined due to a reason other than illness or a bereavement, you will not be able continue with the course and will not be entitled to a refund.


For more information about the training and to express an interest in the course please contact us via the following email address Schoolwellbeing@leeds.gov.uk and we will be in contact with you shortly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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