Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid

The 14-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults who work, live or care for adolescents, such as school staff, parents, sports coaches, community group leaders and youth workers.

You will learn how to assist an adolescent who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence based action plan.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

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 crisis situations.

This is an education course, to learn how to give first aid to others, and is not a therapy or support group.

Developing mental health problemsĀ covered

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
  • Eating disorders

Mental health crisis situationsĀ covered

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