Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

Overview

The 14-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults working or living with adolescents (those aged between approximately 12 and 26 years). This course is particularly suitable for parents, teachers, sports coaches, and youth workers.

Research has found this course to be effective – giving participants the confidence and better understanding of youth mental health and how to start the conversation. Specifically, a study found that participants who complete the course have improved knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatments, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing mental health first aid, as well as reduced stigma.

What the course covers:

The course teaches adults how to assist adolescents (those aged between 12 and 26 years) who are developing a mental illness, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. Course participants learn about;

–          adolescent development,

–          the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling 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, and

–          how to provide first aid in a crisis situation

 

Facilitator

Ben Payne, Mental Health First Aid Accredited Facilitator is based in Townsville, Queensland. Ben represents Love Me Love You for all of our Youth Mental Health First Aid courses. Ben is available nation wide and travels to most parts of Australia to present these courses. To check out Ben’s bio please click here.

Course detail:

The course is in depth and covers all areas of adolescent mental health giving participants a thorough understanding of the issues youth face in our world today in Australia.

Developing mental health problems covered are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
  • Eating disorders
 

Mental health crisis situations covered are:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours

Take-aways

Course participants receive a copy of the Youth MHFA 158 page glossy manual to keep and a certificate of completion is issued. This certification is valid for 3 years. Participants are then given the option to complete the online multiple choice assessment which gives you the certification as a Youth Mental Health First Aid Officer through Mental Health First Australia.

Participants will also receive a Love Me Love You Gift Bag including wrist band and Keep Cup.

Current Courses

For courses in Melbourne (VIC) please click here and for courses in Townsville (QLD) please click here. Please contact us to deliver this course in-house to your sports club, school, parents group or organisation at info@lovemeloveyou.org.au

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