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Youth MHFA

The Youth Mental Health First Aid course from Mental Health First Aid Ireland is designed for adults who live with, work with or support young people aged between 12 and 18.

This course teaches participants how to assist a young person 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 evidence-based training programme is particularly suited to parents/guardians, school staff, sports coaches, community group leaders, youth workers etc.

The course curriculum was designed using guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and mental health professionals.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Mental health topics covered

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Substance Use Problems

International studies have shown that Mental Health First Aid training is associated with improved knowledge of mental health problems, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies. MHFA training is also associated with a reduction in stigmatising attitudes, an increase in helping actions as well as confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental health problems.

Course delivery includes the use of case studies, training videos, group activities and discussion throughout to enhance your learning. All participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion and a Youth Mental Health First Aid manual.

Note: This course is not a therapy/support group and is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18 to attend.

Our vision is a supportive community in Ireland with a willingness to address mental health problems when they arise.
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