Youth Mental Health First Aid Two Day Course

The Youth mental Health First Aid Two Day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.


The Youth Mental Health First Aid course is ideal for those who work with children and young people (aged 8 to 18) who want a thorough grounding in mental health first aid, who want the confidence of having studied the topic in greater depth than the one day course, and who want to have more time to put the skills taught into practical scenarios.

On this course you will learn

  • 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.

Programme & topics covered

The course starts at 9:00 each day and aims to finish at 17:00 with a 45 minute break for lunch, and a 15 minute breaks in each session.

Day 1 – Session 1

  • About Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • About Mental health
  • Protective Factors and Promoting Mental Health

Day 1 – Session 2

  • About Depression and Anxiety
  • The MHFA Action Plan for Depression and Anxiety

Day 2 – Session 3

  • Suicide
  • Psychosis
  • The MHFA Action Plan for Suicide and Psychosis

Day 2 – Session 4

  • Self-Harm
  • Eating Disorders
  • The MHFA Action Plan for Suicide and Psychosis
  • Recovery

Course Venues

Courses are held at The Safety Centre in Milton Keynes, at Kent’s Hill Conference Centre in Milton Keynes, or at your own business premises for larger groups. To find out more about the venue, and facilities available, please have a look at our venues page.

For Courses held at the Kent’s Hill Conference Centre, the course fee also includes use of Kents Hill Park’s Nuffield Health run Sports and Leisure Complex on the days of the course: just let the receptionist at Swallow House know that you would like to use the complex.

Book this course

This course is offered alongside our full range of courses .