Youth Mental Health First Aid Course – Places available

1 05 2015

I’m writing to let you know of a training opportunity that might be of interest to you, a colleague or someone in your network.  I’m sure some of you will have completed or heard of the Youth Mental Health First Aid Course (MHFA).  This two day course is an internationally recognised training programme designed specifically for those people that teach, work, live with or care for young people aged 11-18.  Delivered by qualified Youth MHFA instructors the training provides information, tools and techniques to promote a young person’s mental and emotional wellbeing and to enable participants to support a young person who might be experiencing mental and emotional distress.

 Course dates:  If you think this might be of use to you or a colleague for a project, group or individual you are currently working with we are bringing a trainer to Derbyshire to deliver the course.  The course will run on the 13th and 14th July 2015 9.20 – 4.30pm for both days. 

Course venue:  The course will be hosted at Derbyshire Environmental Studies Service in their Urban Studies Centre Classroom. 1a – 1d Market Hall, Market Square, Chesterfield, S40 1AR. 

How to Book:  We are limited to 16 places which will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  Please email the following information to georgina.greaves@derbyshire.gov.uk

  • Name of participant/s
  • Their job title
  • Organisation they work for or Department/Section (if DCC)
  • Contact email
  • Contact phone number
  • Name of person to contact re: invoicing and payment
  • Work address

 Cost:  We are offering this course ‘at cost’ and the venue is being offered for free.  If all 16 places are filled the cost will be £46 per participant.  If the course has minimum numbers it will cost £92 per person – we will be able to confirm exactly what the charge will be by the end of May but hope you agree this offers great value for money.

 Further information:  A course overview is included below and more information can be found at http://mhfaengland.org/first-aid-courses/first-aid-youth/.

 Best wishes

George

Georgina Greaves – Environmental Studies Service Manager

Derbyshire County Council Environmental Studies Service

1a – 1d Market Hall, Market Square, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1AR

Email: georgina.greaves@derbyshire.gov.uk

Tel: 01629 533439

Mobile: 07769 884906

Website: www.derbyshire.gov.uk/environmentalstudies

 

 

 

Youth MHFA is an internationally recognised training programme designed

specifically for those people that teach, work, live with or care for young people

aged 11 – 18.

Delivered by qualified Youth MHFA instructors the training provides information, tools

and techniques to promote a young person’s mental and emotional wellbeing and

to enable participants to support a young person who might be experiencing mental

and emotional distress.

The Youth MHFA course will teach you how to:

Spot the early signs of a mental health problem in young people

Feel confident helping a young person experiencing a problem

Provide help on a first aid basis

Help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm

Help prevent a mental health illness from getting worse

Help a young person recover faster

Guide a young person towards the right support

Reduce the stigma of mental health problems

Why is it important?

1 in 10 young people experience emotional and mental health problems

By the time young people become adults the incidence of mental health

problems rises to somewhere between 1 in 4 and 1 in 6 people.

For those aged 15-24 suicide is the second most common cause of death

There is evidence to suggest early intervention is hugely beneficial

Key areas covered within the course include:

Promoting emotional, mental, social and psychological well-being

Eating Disorders

Self Harm Diversity and equality issues Substance /

Alcohol misuse

Suicide Child, adolescent and family psychosocial d

evelopment

Depression/Anxiety/Psychosis Bullying/Cyber bullying

Promoting protective factors and good parenting

The course has a deliberate fit with national policy and aims to promote the

common assessment framework (CAF), Healthy Schools and Targeted Mental Health

in Schools (TaMHS). It also has a particular focus on vulnerable groups of young

people including looked after children (LAC). The training also promotes the use of

substance misuse screening tools.

The course can be delivered as either two whole days, four half days or as short

modular 1-2 hour training sessions.

Recent course feedback:

“The 2 day course completely changed my thoughts and the way I speak with

young people I come into contact with. I see beyond what we “ think” we see’.”

“One of the best courses I have done”.

 

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