youth mental health course

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Youth Mental Health First Aid

What is this training course about?

The Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) course is ideal for youth workers, teachers, community organisations, individuals and parents who work or live with adolescents aged 12-18. It covers all the content included in the standard MHFA course, emphasising how to apply it to adolescents and the situations they regularly face. The course runs for 14 hours and contains additional modules covering adolescent development and physiology, mental health issues in teens, eating disorders and takes a more in-depth look at drug and alcohol (substance) abuse.

For people accredited in MHFA, the refresher courses offer an opportunity to extend their accreditation for a further 3 years.

FirstAidPro delivers MHFA courses in line with Mental Health First Aid Australia, with experienced and accredited MHFA facilitators.

Covid-19 Precautions

At FirstAidPro, your health and safety is our priority. Infection control measures and COVID-19 practices are applied across all of our training facilities. Please remember if you are unwell or experiencing any symptoms, we ask that you contact us to reschedule your training. For further information, please email courses@firstaidpro.com.au

Course Content

The Youth MHFA course includes:

  • Introduction to mental health problems and mental health first aid
  • Signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with common mental health issues
  • Mental Health First Aid action plan – ALGEE
  • How to approach and assess the situation
  • When and how to intervene
  • What to say and what not to say
  • Treatments available for different conditions and where to go for professional help

Mental Health Issues Covered

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems – drugs and alcohol
  • Eating disorders

Mental Health Crisis Covered

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Trauma
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects of drug and alcohol use
  • Aggressive behaviours

Course Format

Face-to-Face Workshop

The course is delivered face to face for over 14-hours. We aim to make all our courses accessible and easy so the course can be delivered over 2 or 3 days and can be can spread out over 1 or 2 weeks. 

Every participant will receive a copy of the Youth MHFA Manual and a certificate of completion. 

Prior Learning

Youth MHFA is open to anyone aged 18+, there are no prerequisite qualifications or prior learning needed.

Certification & Accreditation

A Certificate of Completion will be issued on the final day of the course. The YMHFA course is accredited directly through Mental Health First Aid Australia, which will send you a link to take a short accreditation assessment.

The accreditation assessment, although not timed, usually takes between 15-30 minutes to complete and consists of 15 multiple-choice questions. The assessment is an open book, so you can refer to your YMHFA manual if needed.

Accreditation lasts for 3 years and allows you to be appointed as a Mental Health First Aid Officer in the workplace or organisation.

Course Instructors

  • FirstAidPro’s course instructors are all fully trained and are accredited by MHFA to deliver this mental health training.

    David Machen – Course Facilitator

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David is a qualified and professional trainer and facilitator and is passionate about improving the quality of life for the disadvantaged, raising awareness, and increasing skills and knowledge in people to address mental health issues.

Over the last 26 years, he has been working with people diagnosed with mental illness, which has given him great insight.

He has facilitated courses for community members, Disability Services, Allied Health Care Counsellors, Care Workers, Peer Workers, and people with disabilities.

David delivers Mental Health First Aid Courses to community members, businesses, and organisations. He regularly presents to organisations on mentally well workplaces, and regularly travels throughout Australia to provide Mental Health and Awareness education in ‘Recognising the Signs’.

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