Youth Mental Health First Aid


who is it for?

Adults who work, live or care for adolescents, such as school staff, parents, sports coaches, community group leaders and youth workers. The course is mainly focused on assisting young people between 12 and 18 years old and can also be relevant for helping young adults up to 25 years old.

Participants receive a Mental Health First Aid manual and are eligible for accreditation as a Mental Health First Aider (valid for 3 years).

What Will I Learn?

You will learn how to assist a young person who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence based action plan.

This course covers:

  • Adolescent development

  • Signs and symptoms of developing mental health problems in young people

  • Where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness

  • What sort of help has been shown by research to be effective

  • How to provide first aid in a crisis situation

Developing mental health problems covered in this course are:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Psychosis

  • Substance use problems

  • Eating disorders

Mental health crisis situations covered in this course are:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours

  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called self-harm)

  • Panic attacks

  • Traumatic events

  • Severe effects of drug or alcohol use

  • Severe psychotic states

  • Aggressive behaviours

How long is it?

This is a 14 hour course which can be delivered over 2 full days or 4 sessions.

We also deliver the Youth Mental Health First Aid Refresher course, which is 4 hours.