Youth Mental Health First Aid


who is it for?

This course is for adults working or living with young people. 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. Any interested adult can attend, however this course is particularly suitable for parents, teachers, school staff, sports coaches, and youth workers.

Participants are eligible to complete an online accreditation assessment in order to receive Mental Health First Aider Accreditation valid for 3 years.

What is covered?

The course teaches adults how to assist young people who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis by using the MHFA Action Plan. Participants learn about:

  • 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 either:

  • 2 days (7 hours each day), or

  • 4 sessions (3.5 hours each session)

How many people can attend?

We recommend that no more than 15 people attend each course as this allows participants to better engage in the course content and allows us time to respond to questions. If you have more than 15 people who you wish to train we recommend running multiple courses. Because we charge per person rather than per course this won't change the cost and will considerably improve the learning experience.

How much will it cost?

$240 per person all inclusive. We require a minimum of 8 participants (or equivalent charge) to train on site. Course participants receive a MHFA manual and accreditation as a Mental Health First Aider lasting 3 years.

We also run 4 hour refresher YMHFA courses for $110 per person.

If you are planning on holding training for a large number of people or on an ongoing basis please talk to us about possible discounts.