Mental Health First Aid Youth

Would you know how to help?

Let’s start with the statistics. One in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time. For those aged 5-19 suicide is the second most common cause of death, and a record number of children contacted Childline with suicidal thoughts

In an average group of 30 15-year-olds:

  • Seven are likely to have been bullied

  • Six may be self-harming

  • One could have experienced the death of a parent

North East London offer

Funding from North East London Health and Care Partnership is enabling us to have training accessible to all schools, collegesand other CYP settings in North East London. Youth MHFA training course that will enable access to at least one Mental Health First Aider to support Children and Young People.

What does the the course offer?

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are for everyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. They will teach you the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, you can speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse.

The courses won’t teach you to be a therapist, but we will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening. 

But more than that, we aim to give you the information and skills to look after your own mental health so that you can set an example for young people. By giving you the tools to have these conversations, we hope to empower you to create a mentally healthy, supportive environment in your family, school, peer group or community.

Let’s create a future where mental health is treated as a normal part of life, in the same way as physical health. A future where every young person has access to support if they need it.

This full course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider, giving you:

  • 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 your own mental wellbeing 

How is the course delivered? And what is the course structure?

Course is delivered across 4 manageable bitesize sessions online across four days. Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan. Courses are always delivered by experienced instructors. 

  • This is an online course delivered through the MHFA England Online Learning Hub 
  • Learning takes place through four live training sessions, spread across two weeks, with self-learning activities in between
  • Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn

You may view the full breakdown of the course structure on the MHFA England website

What are the pre-requisites? And how do I book?

You will be required to provide a delivery address for the learning materials to be shipped to. You will need to have a working microphone and camera on the day. This is an interactive course and requires full participation from group. NOTE each place is funded by North East London Health and Care Partnership. 

There will be £325 charge enforced for failure to turn up or cancellations within 10 days of the course start date, this is the standard cost of this course.

It is envisaged that individual staff members book on the courses themselves as the application form requires them to state their learning aim from the training. Below are dates available for the course, all the courses are run across 2 weeks. 


PLEASE NOTE: The course can be emotionally draining as it addresses sensitive subject matters. If you wish to enquire about training being delivered at your workplace, please do send an email on