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Youth Mental Health First Aid

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.

Mental health topics covered during Youth MHFA training include:

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


Why attend Youth Mental Health First Aid training?

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. 

Youth MHFA training format

Youth Mental Health First Aid training is currently offered online, via Zoom, over two consecutive days from 9am to 4pm.  The Youth MHFA training is delivered by two accredited Youth Mental Health First Aid instructors who will support your participation and learning.

The course caters for all learning styles with case studies, training videos, group activities and discussion used throughout to enhance your learning.  As this is an interactive training, participants are encouraged to actively take part using the camera and microphone on their device.

All participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion and a Youth Mental Health First Aid manual.

More Information

If you would like more information on Youth Mental Health First Aid training or to arrange a course for your own organisation, please contact Mental Health First Aid Ireland:

t: 01 2771458



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